INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
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Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice

Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2022, 18(3), e2281, https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
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ABSTRACT

In Colombia–South America, there is an urgent need to address educational processes in culturally diverse contexts that permeate the understanding and contribution to the training of teachers in situated processes, because this is a multi-ethnic and multicultural country. From this perspective, we present the results of an investigation that analyzed the biology degree projects of Indigenous students from La Chorrera (Amazonas) at the National Pedagogical University of Colombia, in order to characterize the different epistemological and ontological aspects that underlie them and as a way of guiding the initial training of teachers.
The methodological perspective of this research is critical hermeneutics, using documentary analysis as a strategy. As for the theoretical foundation, it is oriented from the approaches of critical inter-culturality and epistemological pluralism.
In a nutshell, it is necessary to think about the teaching of biology as a cultural practice, which places in the debate the place of biology as a science of life and the living, its relationship with the contexts of students and the possibilities of empowering knowledge for the defense of territories and life itself. This implies the idea that as human beings we are constructed in relation to other organisms; hence, the importance of understanding the living from life, allowing respect for all forms of life and forging a world where there is room for biological, cultural, epistemic, and ontological diversity.

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biology teaching ancestral knowledge life care

CITATION (APA)

Castaño Cuellar, N. C., & Bravo Osorio, L. M. (2022). Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 18(3), e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
Harvard
Castaño Cuellar, N. C., and Bravo Osorio, L. M. (2022). Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 18(3), e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
Vancouver
Castaño Cuellar NC, Bravo Osorio LM. Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2022;18(3):e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
AMA
Castaño Cuellar NC, Bravo Osorio LM. Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2022;18(3), e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
Chicago
Castaño Cuellar, Norma Constanza, and Leidy Marcela Bravo Osorio. "Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 2022 18 no. 3 (2022): e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024
MLA
Castaño Cuellar, Norma Constanza et al. "Taking Care of Life from Amazonian Indigenous Cosmogony: Implications for Teaching Biology as a Cultural Practice". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, vol. 18, no. 3, 2022, e2281. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12024

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