2First Foundation: Epistemology Epistemology is the “guiding” philosophy of a curriculum. It describes how a culture views knowledge. It forms a philosophical foundation for how teacher and learner may approach an educational process.It includes kinds of “embedded” knowledge, symbols, metaphors and orientations that are cultural in nature.
3First Component: Aims - Goals Integrate cultural perspectives within the curriculum.Reinforce, support and strengthen student skills in science and math.Validate, affirm and build upon “funds of knowledge” that students bring with them.Develop ties to students’ family/community.
4Aims - Goals ContinuedHelp facilitate a sense of affective “situated-ness” of what is learned in the lives and culture of students. Empower students to take ownership for their education. Finding face, heart and foundation through what they are learning.Address standards for science and math education in relevant and creative ways
5Foundation II: Society /Culture Who is the “audience” of the curriculum?What are the social and cultural factors that affect the students, teachers, community and school in which the curriculum will be administered ?Native societal/community needs and expectations … contemporary Native culture.
6Component II: Content Native Perspectives of Science and Math. Western Science and Math Principles.Themes and Topics based on Science and Math Scope and Sequence.Interdisciplinary perspectives through art, social science, literature and philosophy.
7Foundation III: The Learner Native cultural personality configurations.Field-Sensitive Learner.Participatory, Collaborative, Experiential Learning Orientations.Affective Learning MethodologiesStudent Peer Psychology.
8Component III: Learning Activity Brain Patterned Methodologies.Experiential and Service Learning.Community Based Research.Multi-sensory Learning.High Context Learning.