23 April, 2003
Combining TEK and SEK
Today in Kotzebue
Warmer and warmer, a few cracks on the ice. We get about 20 more
minutes of light every day.
What science is happening?
We are mainly doing outreach today. We did a teleconference today
with Dr. Lisa Clough (who works with Scientific Ecological Knowledge),
Dr. Jeffery Johnson, sociologist and Dr. David Griffith, anthropologist
(Both of whom work on the Traditional Ecological Knowledge). We talked
about the reasons behind using TEK and SEK together and the benefits of
combining both to get the most complete knowledge.
Lisa and I also went to Kotzebue Middle School and spoke with the
7th graders. We talked about the project and showed a video of my
students back in Aurora. We hope to have made some partners for doing
joint inquiry based learning projects between students in Kotzebue and
my students in Aurora. Anyone wishing to join in, please Email me.
Today was a
relatively light day, work wise. We are busy packing and gearing up
for the trip to ice camp. Iím a bit nervous to be going 30 miles
away, but we will have a satellite phone with us (just like you see on
CNN) and people who are familiar with the country and the equipment, so
Iím sure Iím in good hands. So I will just trust that this will be my
greatest adventure and get some sleep.
more about our project here
View curriculum for this project, ďAsk a ScientistĒ and
learn about other Arctic Real Time research at Arctic Alive
Listen to the local radio station KOTZ live
Dr. Lisa Clough and I talk to students at Kotzebue Middle School about the project and show them a video of my school and hometown of Aurora
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