Ways of knowing: how can traditional knowledge enrich geoscience education?
Indigenous communities have inhabited their lands for tens of thousands of years and developed unique connections with their environments, which are passed down through stories containing an intricate understanding of the world. However, western science often ignores this traditional knowledge, marginalising Indigenous scientists and discouraging Indigenous students from pursuing careers in STEM. Dr Judith Brown Clarke and Dr Wendy K’ah Skaahluwaa Todd hope to increase the participation and retention of Indigenous students in geoscience, by incorporating traditional knowledge in geoscience education and research.
This brochure introduces Judi and Wendy’s work, offers an insight into careers in geoscience, contains interviews with Judi and Wendy and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to consider what we can learn from traditional Indigenous stories. A podcast is also available, in which Judi shares her thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in science.