AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 96 Teaching Astronomy to Impact World Views
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, 706

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[96.04] The Night Sky and Native American Worldviews

A. Venkatesan (NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, University of Colorado, Boulder)

I will share the results of having used some of the exercises and techniques of science integration in astronomy courses that I teach through the University of Colorado Upward Bound (CUUB) Programs. CUUB targets Native American high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from as many as eighteen tribes and ten states, typically from schools which are on or near major reservations across the nation. Two-thirds of CUUB students meet federal low-income guidelines and are potential first-generation college students in their families. I will also discuss whether and how the students integrated the concepts and discoveries of modern astronomy with their personal worldviews and with the history of their peoples.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: aparna@casa.colorado.edu

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