Designing a Cross-Cultural Learning Experience in Bhutan

The Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program (Wheaton/RTC), is a partnership designed not only to provide U.S students and faculty intimate experience with Bhutanese culture, but to provide Bhutanese students and faculty experience with pedagogical methods and modes of interaction that prevail in liberal arts settings.
This presentation describes:

  1. differences between Bhutanese and U.S. liberal arts pedagogical styles.
  2. challenges of collaborative pedagogical innovation that respects cultural difference
  3. opportunities and challenges encountered in creating meaningful internship experiences in work environments that are shaped by different cultural norms
  4. lessons learned from the Wheaton/RTC program that might be more broadly applied to participating in cross-cultural educational initiatives.

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President’s Dining Room.