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STEM Education Service Learning in Nanjing, China


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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Nanjing, China
Course # SA 10805
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/26/18 to 06/10/18


Program Leader

Name David Sederberg
Emaildsederbe@purdue.edu
Phone000-000-0000


Program Description

Please see promotional flyer

                                                                       On campus dates:  5/15/17 - 5/19/17 
                                                                          Overseas dates:  5/21/17 - 6/11/17 

The STEM Education Service Learning in Nanjing, China study abroad experience will focus on STEM service learning in a global context. Specifically, in collaboration with the Jiangsu Second Normal University (JSSNU) in Nanjing, China. We will offer a suite of courses in which undergraduate and graduate students will learn to work in teams to complete a project that actively engages them in meaningful and personally relevant service activities while building and strengthening their relationship with a K-12 rural school and community near Nanjing, China in the Jiangsu Province.

The program will take place from May 15 to June 11, 2017. For the 2017 service learning project, our students will:

•Learn about the nature of K-12 STEM teaching and learning in the US and China

•Learn how to plan and implement culturally-relevant, age-appropriate, interactive STEM lessons targeting fundamental concepts of science, mathematics, and design for elementary grades

•Develop tentative culturally-relevant, age-appropriate, interactive STEM lessons on topics that the rural teachers have requested; build classroom kits for the lessons that consist of everyday materials (“Walmart science”)

•Observe elementary science and mathematics classes in a rural Chinese school, building knowledge of the nature of elementary teaching and learning in China as well as getting to know the students and teacher in the classroom

•Work in small teams (1-2 Purdue students, 1-2 teachers from the rural school in China, 1 JSSNU faculty or graduate student) to revise and adapt the interactive STEM lessons for the rural teachers’ classrooms

•Engage elementary grade students with age-appropriate, interactive STEM activities targeting fundamental concepts of science, mathematics, and design, while modeling for the rural elementary teachers how to design and structure inquiry-oriented investigations.

Academic Credit

Undergraduate students: 7 credits

Global Studies Seminar (EDCI 49100) 1 cr.:

Students will develop an understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of individuals, groups, and social structures; an appreciation of different ideas, cultures, and perspectives that influence global phenomena.

China: History, Culture, Language, and Education (EDCI 49000) 1 cr.:

Students will be introduced to basic conversational Chinese, Chinese culture, major events in Nanjing history, political organization, and education system.

Introduction to K-12 STEM teaching and learning (EDCI 49000) 2 cr.:

Students will be introduced to the nature of K-12 learners; basic tenets of how students learn; how to plan and structure engaging, interactive science lessons.

Service Learning (PHYS 29500) 3 cr.:

Students will complete a STEM service project including development, implementation, daily reflection, final paper.

Graduate Students: 3-6 credits (variable)

Global Studies Seminar (EDCI 59100) 1 cr.:

Students will develop an understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of individuals, groups, and social structures; an appreciation of different ideas, cultures, and perspectives that influence global phenomena.

China: History, Culture, Language, and Education (EDCI 59000 Individual Research Problem) 1-3 cr.:

Students will be introduced to basic conversational Chinese, Chinese culture, major events in Nanjing history, political organization, and education system.

Instructional Design in Physical Science: Service Learning (PHYS 59500) 1-3 cr.:

Students will be introduced to the nature of K-12 learners; basic tenets of how students learn; how to plan and structure engaging, interactive science lessons AND Students will complete a STEM service project including development, implementation, daily reflection, final paper.

Eligibility

This study abroad program is designed for any Purdue undergraduate or graduate student who has an interest in: (a) working with K-12 children in STEM classroom settings; (b) learning more about STEM education; and (c) teaching children how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can be used to make a positive impact on their community. No teaching experience is necessary; however, we prefer that students who have at least a B average in Purdue science and mathematics courses.

Program Cost

Flights costs would be in addition to the costs projected below: Student expenses Flight: make own arrangements (approx. $1600) Passport and visa: make own arrangements (approx. $300) Hotel: 2 per room $500 Local transportation and cultural excursions $150 Airport transportation (round trip) $120 Meals 22 x $39 $858 Tuition and study abroad fee $3084 Total (not including flight, passport, and visa) $4712

Application Deadline

Please contact Dr. David Sederberg, dsederbe@purdue.edu, or Dr. Lynn Bryan, labryan@purdue.edu.


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