The Mathematics Education Study Abroad Program has been to Peru (in 2007 and 2009 and upcoming in 2015) and China (in 2011 and 2013). This faculty-led program offers a focus on mathematics education in other cultures, including the nature of mathematics and mathematical behavior, and theories and issues in the teaching and learning of mathematics. These study abroad experiences have provided UW Oshkosh students and future mathematics teachers with a powerful means for viewing our culture and norms with respect to mathematics and education in contrast with those of other cultures.
Our Next Trip:
Mathematics Education in Germany
with faculty leaders John Beam and Eric Kuennen
Spring Interim 2017
Information for Program Participants:
Next spring interim 2017 we plan to offer a UWO faculty-led Mathematics Education study away trip to Germany. The course offered on this trip, Math 430, will be taught by Dr. John Beam and counts as the senior seminar requirement for middle school math minors and as an elective for secondary ed math majors.
We will spend about 20 days in Germany. The first part of the trip we will spend in Marburg, a beautiful medieval college town in the heart of Germany. We will have class in the mornings and in the afternoon we will attend organized field trips to visit primary and secondary schools in and around Marburg. We will observe German classrooms, and teach mathematics to German students!
We will also do a lot of traveling, seeing medieval towns, castles, and cathedrals. We will cruise the Rhine river and visit a winery. We'll take end the trip in Berlin, an amazing international capital city full of great cultural and historical sites.
International Comparative Mathematics Education Seminar
The course offered is Math 430/746 in which we will study the nature of mathematics, and discuss mathematics pedagogy, and the research literature on student learning of elementary and middle grades mathematics. We will also study U.S. curricula and standards, compared and contrasted to the curriculum in Germany. Through field trips to local elementary and middle schools, program participants will experience mathematics education in Germany firsthand.
As a part of their coursework, students will do a curriculum project that will include teaching mathematics in German middle school classrooms. It is not necessary for program participants to speak German.
At this time, our program itinerary is very preliminary. We will have four days of class at UW Oshkosh on on May 15-18, followed by three weeks in Germany (approximately May 19- June 9, 2017.
Our base will be Marburg, in the German state of Hessen, where we will be hosted by Philipps-Universität Marburg. From Marburg, we will take day trips to Frankfurt, Mainz, Geissen, and Kassel, and a weekend trip with a cruise on the Rhine and a visit to Cologne. We will end our trip traveling to Erfurt and spending several days in Berlin.
It is still early in the planning so we don't yet have any firm figures. However, based on past trips, we estimate the total cost of the trip will be around $4500. This would include:
1. The Program Fee: This will depending on the number of participants. The program fee covers insurance, tuition, expenses at the German university, expenses for the faculty leaders, all accommodations, all our group tours in Germany, bus and train travel within Germany, and some meals. Many of these costs are fixed, and so the more program participants we have, the lower the costs per student will be.
2. International Airfare: This cost will be listed separately, not part of the program fee. However, you will not be responsible for getting your own airfare. UWO will book and pay for the airfare, and the airfare will be charged to your student account, along with the program fee. The airfare does not change depending on the number of participants.
3. Estimated Additional Expenses: Many of these items depend on the individual participant. The only fixed cost here is the UWO application fee (now $200). Another expense may be for getting a passport ($150) if you don't already have one. The rest of this is for spending money while in Germany. This can vary quite a lot depending on how frugal you are.
The application deadline will be in January, 2017.
Feel free to contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by his office in 111 Swart Hall if you have any questions about the program.
For more information about studying abroad through UW Oshkosh, visit the Office of International Education in Dempsey 146 or visit their website at www.uwosh.edu/oie.
To get a great taste of what our past trips have been like, please see the excellent Beyond Classroom Walls Report on our previous trip to China, and the
Past Participant Testimonials (from our previous trips to Peru and China):
"Unforgettable and enlightening. It really gave me a better perspective towards life and what I should be thankful for."
"My favorite part of the trip would be visiting the schools. I think that going as an education major it really showed me the differences between our school systems. I also really liked trying the different foods and just being immersed in the different culture."
" It was an awesome experience to go in front of a class of students that don't speak your language. That was the first of many times in my life where I will have a student that doesn't speak English and I will have to learn to communicate and teach the student."
"I would absolutely recommend this trip. You can travel, get a new perspective on the world, and make new friends all at once. The Math Ed. trip is a unique opportunity to learn about math while in another culture. You also get to sightsee amazing places."
"I would most definitely recommend this trip to future math educators. Not only do you get the study abroad experience, but you get to see mathematics education from a different perspective and broaden your own horizon for teaching in the future. You also have an experience of a lifetime, touring and exploring another country mostly unlike our own and meet some amazing and incredible people, that may become lifelong friends"
"Today, cultures are becoming more intertwined and this fact impacts the classroom. As a result, I think it is important for teachers to realize what type of impact culture plays on the classroom. Although people can get this understanding from reading, I think seeing it first hand plays more of an impact".
“I learned more than I thought I would. Not only just about math in the classrooms, but I learned about the people there and the culture. I’ve known all along that I wanted to be a teacher, but really this experience opened up my eyes the greater things I can do in a classroom … how much of an impact I can have on these kids.”
"It is hard to pick my favorite parts of the trip because I had so much fun."
"I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Don't just consider going, make sure to go! This is an experience of a lifetime."
Target Student Groups:
- Mathematics Minors for Elementary and Middle School Programs
- Mathematics Majors or Minors with a Secondary Education Emphasis
- Mathematics Education graduate students and current teachers looking for new experiences or continuing credits
- Global Educator Certificate Program students
- The program will be offered every other year (2017, 2019 etc.) though the location may change for future trips.