Culture & Mathematics Learning in Thailand
Students will visit Thailand and learn through firsthand experience about its Culture and Learning systems. Students will learn about Thai innovations in mathematics pedagogy. Students will also visit many heritage sights in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Lamphang, Tak and Kamphaeng Phet. The course focuses on learning about culture and the mathematics education of K-12 students in Thailand through engagements and interactions with the Thai people to learn directly from them about their ways of being and teaching.
Culture: Learn about Thai culture through historical, religious, governmental, and other heritage sites, language, business, and cuisine. Additional experiences of different cultures will include interaction of mutual reciprocity with local people, including professors, university students, teachers, and children. BGSU students will compare and contrast Thai culture with their own culture, knowledge and experiences.
Mathematical Learning: Learn about mathematics education in Thailand. Study teaching methods and children’s learning to gain a greater perspective on the way history, values, government, communication, business, and beliefs relate to the learning and teaching of mathematics. BGSU students will visit and participate in educational activities with students and teachers in these other-cultural contexts.