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Ethnobotany Segue to Science Education

for segue forms (.pdf) see attachment section below


  • Demonstrate that there are often (or can be) similarities between the teaching students science and the traditional transfer of knowledge from one generation to another.
  • Develop an appreciation for traditional knowledge transfer methodologies.
  • Evaluate science teaching from the perspective of traditional knowledge transfer practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an appreciation for the techniques and relevance of traditional methods of passing knowledge from one generation to another.
  • Understand the role of the teacher in mediating knowledge transfer.
  • Develop skills that help in knowledge transfer, in the context of both traditional and modern knowledge.

Ethnobotany Segue Experience

  • Learn about traditional methods of passing traditional knowledge from one generation to another.
  • Learn about methods used to teach science in modern educational systems.
  • Compare and contrast traditional and modern knowledge transfer systems.
  • Examine topics in traditional knowledge transfer and evaluate their relevance in society today.

Laboratory Experiences

  • Learn and apply organized methodologies of interviewing multiple generations to determine their sources of information and the methodologies used in knowledge transfer.
  • Analyze data to determine if a group has a cultural consensus regarding knowledge transfer practices.
  • Practice learning a specific subject using a traditional knowledge transfer process.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and efficacy of the knowledge transfer process.
  • Assess how traditional knowledge transfer processes might apply to modern problems of learning.

Other Science Components

  • Compare and contrast cultural differences in knowledge transfer processes.
  • Examine adaptations of modern technology, such as computer-based collaboration, as a way to implement traditional knowledge transfer processes.
  • Evaluate the impact of the mass storage and easy retrieval of information (i.e., the Internet) on the need for traditional knowledge transfer systems.

Other Science Practitioners

  • Computer and Information Science: collaborative systems, information storage and retrieval
  • Educational Technology:
  • Science Education: Curriculum development, educational standards

Other Science Courses

  •  ICS 101 (Tools for the Information Age)
Funded by National Science Foundation Grant Award Number DUE06-18690

Dave Reedy,
Dec 17, 2008, 2:13 PM
Dave Reedy,
Dec 17, 2008, 2:13 PM