In this recorded webinar Pauline Waiti and Rosemary Hipkins explore the idea of knowledge systems with examples from science and mātauranga Māori.
The report Enduring Competencies for Designing Science Learning Pathways introduced the idea of exploring both science and mātauranga Māori as knowledge systems. Thinking about knowledge as a system is likely to be an unfamiliar idea for many teachers. In this webinar we unpack the metaphor, using familiar science concepts to show which of them might be appropriately explored through both knowledge lenses (i.e. science and mātauranga Māori) and when this might not be helpful.
This is an awesome and profoundly important and vital discussion – this discussion today has helped me heaps.Teacher
The aim of the session is to show how our thinking habits and frameworks are influenced by our primary knowledge system, in ways that can be invisible to us. Having two knowledge systems to draw on is a taonga because it helps us become aware of differences in how we see the world that might otherwise remain hidden.
This was a perfect start to some critical thinking and reflection.Participant
This session will be valuable for all educators.
You can download the video and slideshow presentation.
Watch part 1 of the series: Enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways.
Science Learning Hub resources mentioned in the webinar include:
The video He awa whiria – braided rivers shares the analogy of a braided river for the weaving of knowledge streams.
The article Enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways by Rosemary Hipkins, Sara Tolbert, Bronwen Cowie and Pauline Waiti introduces the idea of exploring both science and mātauranga Māori as knowledge systems.
Knowledge systems are complex, learn more about complex systems in Rosemary Hikpins’ book Teaching for Complex Systems Thinking.
The initiative Mana ōrite mō te Mātauranga Māori supports equal status, support and resourcing for mātauranga Māori in NCEA.
Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: Visions of future systems and how to get there, Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 70, 2020, 101724, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101724.
Kaitiakitanga: Utilising Māori Holistic Conservation in Heritage Institutions. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, 20(1), p.2. https://doi.org/10.5334/jcms.215.
A cultural framework for Indigenous, Local, and Science knowledge systems in ecology and natural resource management. Varghese J., Crawford S.S. Ecological Monographs, Volume 91, Issue 1, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1431.
Thank you to Pauline Waiti and Rosemary Hipkins. Ngā mihi nui ki a kōrua.