Teaching and Learning: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

A photograph of a young Burmese boy who is in the middle of having his head shaved by an older monk.

A young Burmese boy has his head shaved by an older monk as part of a Shinbyu ceremony. This ritual novice hood initiation occurs before a boy enters a monastery, as is custom in Myanmar for boys between the ages of 10 and 20. (Courtesy of Dietmar Temps on Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)

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MIT Course Number

21A.150

As Taught In

Fall 2014

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This course explores the diverse ways that people teach and learn—in different countries, in different disciplines, and in different subcultures. We will discuss how theories of learning can be applied to a variety of hands-on, in-class learning activities. We compare schooling to other forms of knowledge transmission from initiation and apprenticeship to recent innovations in online education such as MOOCs. Students will employ a range of qualitative methods in conducting original research on topics of their choice.

Graham Jones. 21A.150 Teaching and Learning: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fall 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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