Web-based resources

  • The Alaska Native Knowledge Network

    • culturally-based lessons (on science, history, culture, and native knowledge) under the "Curriculum Resources" tab; good for understanding the knowledge of Native students or sharing their culture with other students

    • the Native Pathways to Education page has an informative graphic showing how Native knowledge and Western knowledge can be merged to present a well-rounded view of science to students

  • The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, a project from the United States and centered at the Buffalo Library of Science, uses case study to teach issues-based science. You can search for case studies on various topics. Here are some suggested case studies for the high school level that link culture and science:

    • Banana Split: To eat or not eat --- this case study involves examining the area where bananas are grown, pathogens that affect bananas, and ethical consumerism.

      • good lesson for: ecology, environmental studies, diseases, or plant science

    • Bad Blood: A case study of the Tuskegee syphilis project -- this case study investigates medical ethics, experimental design, and how one culture was exploited for scientific understanding

      • good lesson for: health unit, disease transmission, and experimental ethics

    • Golden Rice -- this case study examines GMOs through "golden rice," which is genetically fortified with vitamin A to reduce vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. Students debate the use of GMOs with the additional ethical input of saving lives.

      • good lesson for: health, genetics, environmental science

    • African Illness: A case of parasites -- students learn about the parasite that causes "African sleeping sickness" and how that affects African communities. In the case study, students create a public health campaign to help eradicate the parasite.

  • PARSEL (Popularity and Relevance of Science Education for Scientific Literacy), a project from Europe that collects lesson plans and resources for teaching an a projects- and issue-based manner. Some of the lesson plans from this project have been shown to increase student engagement in science learning (Faria et al., 2012; Freire et al., 2013). Some modules that relate to culture: