Education Workforce Initiative: Country Report
High-Touch, High-Tech Learning in Vietnam
In schools across the globe, new technologies and pedagogies are changing our understanding of what learning is and where it takes place. The role of teachers is being reimagined, and exploring how we can leverage these trends for improved teaching and student outcomes has become imperative.
Between March 2019 and March 2020, the Education Commission’s Education Workforce Initiative (EWI) funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) and Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training to support improved science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Inspired by the idea of a High-Touch, High-Tech approach used at ASU, EWI and ASU designed an adaptive and active learning prototype program for 7th grade math, which is where many students often struggle and lose interest in STEM due to difficulty mastering math skills. The prototype utilized an adaptive instructional system to help students develop math skills mastery and prepare them for solving higher order problems with the guidance of their teacher through active learning.
The aim of the project was to understand the impact of a High-Touch, High-Tech approach to 7th grade math, and consider implications for the role of the teacher and other members of the workforce when leveraging technology.