TitlePlace and culture-based professional development: Cross-hybrid learning and the construction of ecological mindfulness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsChinn, P.
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Volume10
Issue1
Pagination121-134
KeywordsAgriculture and Forestry
Abstract

This publication discusses ecological mindfulness in relation to cultural construction.  Chinn presents two professional development projects designed to reduce conflicts between culture and science instruction.  The findings suggest that a collaboration of science inquiry with indigenous cultural knowledge and practices geared towards sustainability enhances the development of teachers’ ecological mindfulness as measured by their increase in cultural competency and inclusion within their teaching.  Chinn’s study indicates that the integration of indigenous knowledge into the mainstream scientific discourse can set the stage for promising instructional strategies that are both mindful and inclusive of culturally diverse backgrounds.