Module 2 – Addressing and Synthesizing Different “Ways of Knowing”

How do we synthesize empirical and Indigenous ways of knowing in our engineering work? This module will guide students through how to understand different ways of knowing, and how to use tools like polarity maps to integrate different cultural and knowledge systems.


Learning Objectives

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define “way of knowing”
  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of the empirical way of knowing
  • Differentiate normative claims from prescriptive claims
  • Synthesize two cross-cultural perspectives to create a shared strategy with polarity mapping
  • Construct a polarity map based on a general recipe



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