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These two tables compare and contrast knowledge styles and usage of indigenous and scientific knowledge. Knowledge styles are compared based on assumptions made, oral versus written traditions, experience versus formal teaching, and others. Comparisons of in-use attributes include length of time required for acquisition, use in prediction, types of modeling, and bases for explanations. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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Anishinaabe traditional knowledge of constellations, comets, and meteorites connects people to the night sky in ways that modern astronomy does not. The stories of historical events bear within them wisdom about future possibilities as well as the past, and stories of constellations convey crucial information about cultural worldview and philosophy. Summer 2002, vol. 17, no. 3 Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This page introduces the concept of traditional knowledge, detailed knowledge of the environment based on teachings and experiences and passed orally from generation to generation. Topics include how Native people define traditional knowledge, comparisons between indigenous and scientific knowledge, and the role of women and children in traditional knowledge. There is also discussion of the structure ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Policy issues
 
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