July 13, 2003 - Center for Internation Ethnomedicinal Education and Research: Cultural Uses of Plants by Liberia RPCV Gabriell DeBear Paye

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Cultural Uses of Plants by Liberia RPCV Gabriell DeBear Paye

Cultural Uses of Plants by Liberia RPCV Gabriell DeBear Paye

Cultural Uses of Plants: a guide to learning about ethnobotany

New York Botanical Garden Press Bronx, New York ©2000 ISBN 0-89327-422-4

Developed across 15 years of practical classroom experience by a gifted teacher in the Boston Public School System, Cultural Uses of Plants challenges middle and high-school students to design and implement their own unique experiments starting from a reference point they can relate to a useful plant in their own cultures.

Gabriell DeBear Paye interweaves theory and practice as she leads the reader on a tour of the world of ethnobotany, a world where the study of plants meets the study of cultures. This tour begins with a solid introduction and goes on to guide the reader through some of the research and interviewing techniques used by professional ethnobotanists. Each student is encouraged to focus on a plant relevant to her or her ethnic or cultural background as the class learns how to safely test plants for their nutritional value, medicinal and other potential uses, and ecological significance.

Each inquiry-based unit includes Questions for Thought, so students can review what they've learned, and Laboratory and Field Activities, where students go step-by-step through experiments or projects in which they record their data, analyze their findings, and draw their own conclusions.

Readers will find this book truly interesting from cover to cover. Students will enjoy related readings, experiments and developing a science project that tests plants for their useful properties. They will see themselves reflected in the many photographs of students and their projects. Teachers will appreciate the fact that Cultural Uses of Plants not only satisfies the National Science Education Standards, but also can supplement the curriculum of Social Studies, History, Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Environmental Science or Biology classes.


COURSE INSTRUCTOR - Gabriell DeBear Paye

Gabriell DeBear Paye grew up in New York City. She earned a BS in Environmental Horticulture with a minor in Botany in 1983 and an M.A. in education in 1984 from the University of Connecticut. From 1985 to 1987 she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa where she taught biology and agriculture and learned firsthand about tropical agriculture and ecology. In 1987 she came to Boston to teach Biology and Horticulture at West Roxbury High School. Following an Earthwatch trip to Mexico in 1994 to work with ethnobotanist Bruce Benz, she began writing and testing ethnobotanical activities in her classroom. In 1994 she launched an ethnobotanical website for teachers on the EnviroNet network and in 1996 she was selected an Access Excellence Fellow with Genentech. She received a Global Teachnet Award from the National Peace Corps Association in 1997 for her ethnobotanical curriculum materials. In 1999 she was awarded a Pioneer Grant with MetroLinc and a Teachnet Grant through Impact II for her botanical curriculum materials. She is a lead teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and is the mother to her daughter, Amity.

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By Ursula Rudolf (mailrdns1.slps.org - on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 11:56 am: Edit Post

Where can I purchase or borrow this book?

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