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Paper: The Alma Project: Reflecting on Indigenous Knowledge in the 21st Century
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 119
Authors: Tran, K.; Coble, K.; Eroy-Reveles, A.
Abstract: Reflective journaling has been shown to promote positive learning experiences that can make learning more meaningful. At San Francisco State University (SFSU), the Alma Project was created to support and promote connections to the life experiences of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students through reflective journaling. Drawing from frameworks in ethnic studies and social psychology, the Alma Project aims to make learning more inclusive while affirming the intersectionality of STEM classrooms. At the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a panel of scholars presented a workshop on Indigenous Knowledge in 21st Century Science, which explored the role and importance of indigenous knowledge in modern astronomical research and education. After the panelists' presentations, reflective journaling was used to connect indigenous knowledge to workshop participants' personal experiences, and to affirm how honoring diverse perspectives makes our work more rich and meaningful.
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