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Pedagogic principles in negotiating cultural conflict: A Melanesian example


Waldrip, BG and Timothy, JT and Wilikai, W, Pedagogic principles in negotiating cultural conflict: A Melanesian example, International Journal of Science Education, 29, (1) pp. 101-122. ISSN 0950-0693 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09500690600718195


This paper draws on the personal experiences of three researchers: an "outsider" (or western‐oriented) science teacher, a science teacher educator who has lived in Melanesian countries for almost a decade, and a national researcher who was born and educated in Melanesia. During a recent interpretative research study of the problematic relationship between the traditional world‐views of Melanesian villagers and the official school science views of young Melanesian people, Bruce became increasingly aware of the importance of conducting culture‐sensitive interpretative research. Bruce and Joe describe three people with different experiences and approaches to education. Mindful of the important role of the outside teacher researchers in providing essential information for the local contextualisation of school science curricula, we propose a number of culture‐sensitive practices when working in Melanesian cross‐cultural contexts.

Karsoon: I like Melanesian ways. I wanted to learn Western ways and so when mission came, I went to school [so that I could] learn their ways. I thought I would learn new ways. I use school ways no more.

Karsoon: The white man didn't want us to learn about his ways but only about his religion. (Waldrip & Taylor, 1999a, p. 297)

I've studied overseas where I came across Papua New Guineans suffering from the "dry coconut syndrome"óbrown on the outside, but white on the inside. These are the people who suddenly forget their own ways because they are living in another country. (Pamba, 1999)

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Melanesia, cultural, conflict, pedagogy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teacher and Instructor Development
Author:Waldrip, BG (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:108967
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-05-13
Last Modified:2016-08-11

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