© 2015

Embracing Indigenous Knowledge in Science and Medical Teaching


Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 3-6
    3. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 7-17
  3. Science Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 21-36
    3. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 37-50
  4. Medical Education and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 73-87
    3. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 89-98
  5. Research in, and Applications to, Science and Medical Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
  6. Finale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Mariana G. Hewson
      Pages 147-152
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 153-156

About this book


This book describes the gaps and commonalities in African and Western ways of knowing concerning science and medicine. It reflects a personal journey in teaching science and trans-cultural medicine in the African setting. In addition, it describes how the author became an initiate as a traditional healer in Zimbabwe. The book combines educational theory, research and lived experiences of teaching in southern Africa with the ideas of the indigenous healers of the region. Incorporating new knowledge of African indigenous knowledge and traditional healers, the book provides insights about, and suggestions for teaching and caring that are both surprising and energizing for our future.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Medical Education Research and DevelopmentThe Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Retired)MadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Embracing Indigenous Knowledge in Science and Medical Teaching
  • Authors Mariana G. Hewson
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Stud.Sci.Educat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9299-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0524-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9300-1
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 156
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Medical Education
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