An investigation and identification of indigenous science understandings among Zulu community elders and the impact of these understandings on the Zulu secondary school learners.

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dc.contributor.advisor Maqutu, Tholang.
dc.creator Khumalo, Gugu.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-07T13:05:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-07T13:05:32Z
dc.date.created 2001
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/3004
dc.description Thesis (M.Ed.)-University of Durban-Westville, 2001. en_US
dc.description.abstract A lot of scholars have alluded to the existence of indigenous knowledge among community elders. The purpose of this study was to explore existence of indigenous science understandings among Zulu elders and determine the impact of these understandings on the indigenous secondary school learners. A group of elders and a group of learners from a selected rural community were interviewed on three phenomena pertaining to biology and physical science. Each phenomenon was chosen according to its relevance to the traditional African practices of the rural community studied. The data from both groups was analysed to determine understandings held by each group. Findings of this study revealed that elders held indigenous science understandings that had an impact on the indigenous secondary school learners. Elders transmit these understandings as views that I chose to call indigenous conceptions and duality explanation conceptions. As a result of the impact of elders' views and school science, learners on the other hand held three types of conceptions, namely, unchanged indigenous conceptions, hybridised conceptions and duality explanation conceptions. The recommendations I made are based on the findings that elders' indigenous knowledge has an impact on learners' science understandings. This then has implications to classroom practices and science education. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Science--Social aspects--Study and teaching (Secondary)--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Science--Study and teaching (Secondary)--KwaZulu-Natal. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Education. en_US
dc.title An investigation and identification of indigenous science understandings among Zulu community elders and the impact of these understandings on the Zulu secondary school learners. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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