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Native Pathways to Education
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Place Based Science Lessons

Emily B. Roseberry

A Project
Presented to the Faculty
Of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For the degree of

Master of Education

Master's Project


I am the daughter of Arnold and Emily Brower Sr. from Barrow, Alaska. Both of my parents were predominantly raised in an Inupiaq subsistence lifestyle family. My father was half Inupiaq and half Caucasian. My mother was three quarter Inupiaq and one fourth Caucasian. They both spoke fluent Inupiaq and it was their first language. They also spoke fluent English. During my early childhood years, I recall being raised in a subsistence home and my first language was Inupiaq. The Western influences were present and strongly growing. By the time I was a teenager, most families relied more on the Western lifestyle and economy while continuing to subsist. Today, many if not most, of the community relies on the Western lifestyle. Few Inupiaq families rely completely on subsistence to support their families.

I have chosen to develop place based science lessons for my master’s project because I believe that more culturally relevant and engaging material within the sciences could be offered that could positively impact student learning. Research has shown that student awareness and level of concern rise when learning material relate to their environment and to their daily lives. As a teacher, there is nothing more satisfying than when students are engaged and learning about their environmental surroundings.

I would like to express my most heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to my husband, Mark, and
My children, MJ, Katie and Aaron, for their love, support and patience. I couldn’t have done this without their support.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to the North Slope Borough School District
For the support and encouragement they have shown throughout the years I have
Taught as a teacher. The support of the school board and administration of the NSBSD
Has been much appreciated. All I have learned and gained from teaching has been
A result of teaching in my home school district.
I would like to thank my master’s committee, Ute Kaden, Ray Barnhardt, and Gail Changnon for their guidance, encouragement and support
Throughout the writing of this project.




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