Essay The Scientific Bodies Of Knowledge

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• The scientific bodies of knowledge and scientific ways differ from other cultures. The way people view science in Yupiaq culture in southwestern Alaska is very different from the science we use in the United States.
• We have adopted Western science in our curriculum in the elementary school system. Students are partaking in controlled experiments, replicability, and alleged objectivity which is practiced in a science laboratory which differs from what the indigenous people are doing.
• Science that we are used to is shaped around textbooks and labs which diminishes the knowledge that we could be learning from older generations and the nature. Most people believe science is a subject that stands alone while the indigenous people believe that science is woven into their daily lives.
• In the U.S science educators believe that that nature of science is clearly defined. They have a tendency to define science from the viewpoint of Western culture which can make it hard for students from non-Western cultures and languages.
• The majority of the residents that reside in Alaska live in tiny villages where the population is very small. Alaska people mainly hunt and fish for their food supply. The Yupiaq culture lives on land larger than individual states in the contiguous 48 states. There are no roads connecting villages so the mode of transportation is usually a snow machines and four wheelers.
• In rural Alaska teachers don’t stay around very long and most of them are…

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