Nature-culture relations and engaging multiple ways of knowing

Thursday, April 29 at 9:00am

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Speaker: Megan Bang, PhD, Northwestern University

In this talk, Dr. Bang will present research that examines how cross-cultural variation in core cognitive models and relational construals of humans with the natural world impact reasoning and sense-making. For example, these models impact how people frame questions or make observation or even what people think is important to study. Further, she will explore how cultural ways of knowing and experience shape these processes. Dr. Bang will extend these experimental studies to the design of learning environments and explore key pedagogical practices that support improved science learning. Her work has implications for the study of biological phenomena, even for expert scientists.

Megan Bang is Ojibwe and of Italian decent and is a Professor of the Learning Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University. Dr. Bang studies dynamics of culture, learning, and development with a specific focus on designing and implementing learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education with Indigenous knowledge systems. She conducts research in both schools and community-based settings across the life course.

Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning
CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

Event Type

Classes & Workshops

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff




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