Bowling Green State University (BGSU) students visit USP
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Lecturer & students from BGSU with ISA rep to USP and staff of the Education department in FALE.
Nine (9) students and a lecturer from the BGSU (Bowling Green State University) based in Ohio, the United States, recently visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus under the ISA (International Study Abroad) scheme.
BGSU is a partner of ISA and USP receives on average twenty (20) students under the ISA scheme to study here, on an annual basis.
ISA has a mission to provide high quality education abroad opportunities to American college students. BGSU, in partnership with ISA, through its custom programmes work together to design programmes that complement the academic objectives and facilitates a culturally engaging experience for students.
The goal of ISA Custom Programmes is to design, implement, and support study abroad programmes based on curricular objectives.
Dr Gabriel Matney said one aspect of improving ourselves involves listening and sharing ideas about education with others.
“The heart of these collaborations is about sharing and exploring pedagogical ideas that improve student learning,” he added.
The following are the basics of what Bowling Green State University/International Study Abroad have been doing in various countries around the world:
Preservice teachers and their professors collaborate to discuss ideas about teaching and systems of education;
Partnering with local schools who provide understanding about their school context, the students they serve, and anything they do that is innovative; and
Preservice teachers from both countries co-teach an engaging task to a small group or class at the school sites.
With faculty facilitation the two groups of preservice teachers design a lesson to engage small groups of students or whole classes (the school’s decision) in a fun learning experience connected to the curriculum of that country or state/province.
Typically, one or two preservice teachers from the US is paired with one preservice teacher from the other country and they would design and then co-teach the task/lesson together.
Depending on the wishes of the school, these lessons have ranged from anywhere between thirty (30) minutes to one and a half hours and the schools they work with around the world choose their own level of involvement.
The team was based at USP’s School of Education (SOED) where they were briefed on the School’s activities including practice teaching. Also, arrangements were made for them to visit the demonstration schools which were approved by the Ministry of Education. This allowed them to see for themselves how teaching and learning was carried out in Fijian schools.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOED said this is an opportunity for the School of Education to partner with the Faculty of Education at BGSU.
“Such a partnership would help in exchanging knowledge and skills for the mutual benefit of both institutions not only in the area of practice teaching but also in joint research projects,” he stated.
Professor Lingam reiterated that the SOED looks forward to such opportunities.
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