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Abstract Title: Cultural perspectives on curriculum design for Gulf Arab students using PER-based instructional strategies.
Abstract: We present efforts to bring PER-based teaching methodologies to the United Arab Emirates at Khalifa University. A variant of cooperative group problem solving (CGPS) is selected for implementation in our introductory calculus-based mechanics course by following an engineering design-based approach that includes culturally-informed requirements. Course design evaluation begins by generating an evaluation matrix of requirements versus PER-based instructional strategies. Requirements for the course design emerge from an analysis using the 'frames of context' approach introduced by N. Finkelstein. Our key consideration for generating design requirements is to answer 'how does the broader ethno-culture and campus idio-culture inform classroom expectations and formation of norms?' By comparing published results for individual PER-based instructional strategies against the resulting requirements list, CGPS emerges as the likely candidate for an implementation attempt. We discuss initial results from the pilot implementation. We present this strategy as a modular, practical approach for designing cross-cultural secondary implementations in general.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: George Wesley Hitt
Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research
P.O. Box 127788
Al Saada Street and Old Airport Road Junction
Abu Dhabi, Non U.S. N/A
Phone: +971-056-109-0679
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
A. F. Isakovic, Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research
O. Fawwaz, Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi