South Africa: Embracing Indigenous Mathematical Knowledge Systems (IMKS)
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The role of Indigenous Mathematical Knowledge Systems (IMKS) is paramount for the survival of many South African citizens, particularly in the countryside. This immersion program is part of a 3-credit graduate level course in mathematics education. EDMT 7400: MATH Concepts for Special Learners (Special Topic: Indigenous Mathematical Knowledge Systems) introduces students to an assortment of tacit, implicit and explicit mathematical knowledge and skills that people in a particular geographic area possess and that enable them to get the most out of their environment. This experience is facilitated over seven weeks and dovetails two components:
Part 1: Class work (June- location: GSU). During course work, students will be introduced to the traditional technologies and practices that have been and still are used by indigenous and local people for existence, survival and adaptation in a variety of South African contexts. The primary purpose of this component is to provide a broad perspective on indigenous knowledge systems that cover a plethora of contents and contexts that incorporate a variety of mathematical structures including architecture, mural decorations, indigenous games, bead work, weaving, cultural artifacts and other social systems and activities.
Part 2: Cultural immersion (July, location: South Africa). In the study abroad component, students will visit a number of cultural villages in South Africa, which preserves the traditions of authentic Zulu civilization and hosts a number of various Zulu artwork forms that are scattered throughout the village. Students will learn the significance of geometric designs and stripe patterns that thrive in the traditional Zulu work by examining a wide variety of authentic arts and crafts including clay pots and basket ware, utensils and clothing. Additionally, students will explore myriad social networking settings, such as campfire storytelling, that were used to transfer such knowledge to the younger generations in an effort to provide them with strategies for survival in their ecological niche. Students will be afforded opportunities to open dialogue with
knowledge holders who are key figures in adapting and adding to these knowledge systems in response to changing circumstances and environmental conditions.
Participants will stay in double occupancy hotel rooms or guest cottages.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is offered to all students at the graduate level. Transient students are welcome. Registration in the course is competitive and high priority is given to early applicants. Approval by the Program Director is required prior to participation. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the program course will receive three semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students should register for EDMT 7400: MATH Concepts for Special Learners. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1,500 (excluding airfare), PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees
. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Three meals per day
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Round-trip airfare
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Non program related local transportation
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
February 15, 2018: $500 deposit due
March 15, 2018: $500 payment due
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account; study abroad scholarships posted.
Early May 2018: $500 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester/Summer.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
July 1 - Depart Atlanta; Arrive in Potchefstroom, July 2
July 2 & 3 - Visit cultural villages
July 4-6 - Cultural immersion projects; observation and reflections
July 7 - Depart for Atlanta
Program Director Contact Info
Iman Chahine, Ph.D.
30 Pryor Street, COE Building Room 611