What’s happening in the GSE? Find out in this year’s edition of the GSE Annual Report.
Our GSE alumni have earned many accolades this year. GSE alumni were well represented in a variety of professional association, state, and national teacher recognition programs, including by the Department of Defense and the Department of Special Education. For example, a GSE alum received the elementary, middle, and high school administrator of the year awarded by COSA.
GSE programs are also being recognized for their excellence. One of the newer programs, the American Indian Urban Teacher Program (AIUTP), has graduated its fourth graduates. Although a small number of graduates, the program is creating a significant increase in the representation of Native Americans teaching in Oregon’s schools.
In 2012, PSU awarded diplomas to 6,165 students at commencement ceremonies at the Rose Garden and on the Park Blocks. Only three students university-wide were selected as commencement speakers this year, and all three were from GSE programs. Read more about these amazing students in this year’s annual report.
Don’t miss the 2012 issue, which includes outstanding alumni, programs, faculty, staff, donors, and students.
“Alternative Forms of Knowledge Construction in Mathematics and Science” is an annual lecture series featuring guest speakers who examine forms of mathematical and scientific practice in a variety of cultural settings. Continue reading
In a visit to her native country, India, PSU Professor Swapna Mukhopadhyay observed workmen on a beach building large ocean-worthy vessels with simple tools and no blueprints. She wondered how they were able to construct 60-foot sophisticated boats with very little equipment or formal education. The centuries-old transfer of this kind of knowledge is termed “vernacular engineering,” and Dr. Mukhopadhyay wanted to better understand this process.
She has recently been awarded a Senior Fellowship for six months by the American Institute of Indian Studies for the 2011-12 academic year. She will be working on a project titled Vernacular Engineering of Boat Builders in the Bay of Bengal. The pilot study (titled Alternative forms of knowledge: Studying Vernacular Engineering in India) is supported by PSU’s Faculty Enhancement Grant.
Her observations will focus on boat-builders in the fishing village of Frasergunj, West Bengal. As a native speaker she will be able to closely observe and interview her subjects about their processes for apprenticeship, knowledge transfer, and teaching methods. This interdisciplinary field study will focus on the intersection of anthropology, cognitive psychology, and mathematics. She also hopes to consolidate relationships with a number of Indian institutions to facilitate future partnerships for PSU.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay, who teaches in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), researches and teaches mathematical methods used by nonwestern cultures. She and her husband Brian Greer are authors of numerous books and articles about culture and mathematics.