[R-0199] S4. Instructional Planning

Citation: Dubosarsky, M., Carslon, S., Frost, L., Roehrig, G., Murphy, B., & Jones, J. (2012). Designing culturally based inquiry units for young children. Paper Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, FL.

Abstract: The authors developed a model for designing culturally based activities for Ah neen dush, a professional development program for Head Start teachers on an American Indian reservation. This paper describes the model as well as providing examples of two culturally based inquiry units – ice fishing and animal tracks –developed and taught by the Head Start teams.

Integration: N/A

Content Focus: Ah neen dush; Culturally Based Inquiry Units; Culturally Responsive Education; Dual Language Learners; English Language Learners; Learning Technologies; Professional Development; Professional Development Program; Science, Mathematics; Environmental Education; Exploration Activities

Notes: “Ah neen dush (roughly translated as ‘why?’ in Ojibwe) is a professional development partnership between the University of Minnesota and the White Earth Reservation Head Start program in Northern Minnesota. Funded by Office of Head Start, Ah neen dush aims to support and mentor Head Start teachers as they create engaging environments that weave discovery-based science and mathematics activities with Ojibwe philosophy and tradition. This interdisciplinary program draws on several research disciplines, among them cultural responsive education; early childhood education; child development; science, mathematics and environmental education; professional development theories; and learning technologies to create a long term, and sustainable program.” [Ah Neen Dush homepage of STEM Education Center, University of Minnesota]

Dubosarsky and her colleagues have published a related article in Young Children.