Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England
The 2017 International Studies Program to Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England, going to Helsinki (Finland), Edinburgh and Glasgow (Scotland), Belfast and Dublin (Ireland), and London and Oxford (England), to be conducted May 27 – June 23, 2017 will provide undergraduate candidates a unique opportunity to study the education system in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England. The educational purposes of this program are: a) to provide a unique opportunity for candidates to develop a basic understanding of teaching and learning in diverse countries and b) to observe how diverse student needs are met in foreign classrooms. To do this, candidates will:
- Visit four countries, one of which has outstanding international recognition for education;
- Study the teaching strategies used by teachers to help students learn in Finland Scotland, Ireland, and England and compare these with teaching strategies recommended in the United States; and
- Study the teaching practices, student services, and curriculum aspects provided in schools of the four countries in teaching a diverse student population and compare these with the teaching practices and student services provided for diverse students in the schools in the United States.
In fulfilling the objectives of the program, candidates will travel throughout Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England to visit schools and hold discussions with educators in these countries as well as be exposed to some of their most important cultural resources and cultural centers.
Finland is a world leader in developing effective instruction for primary and secondary students, resulting in high test scores on internationally recognized measurements in reading, math, and science. Schools in Finland use the interests and choices of children to plan and select the curriculum, content, textbooks, learning strategies, and methods of assessment. Teaching to a diverse student body, Finnish schools closely integrate special education into normal teaching, which results in a high rate of inclusion. The neighboring countries of Scotland, Ireland, and England will provide an interesting and informative contrast of teaching and learning. As such, the educational systems in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England provide an ideal model for study abroad.
ED 4381 Study Abroad: Education and Teaching in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England. This course section includes a travel abroad experience involving a trip to Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England with mandatory pre-class meetings during Spring 2017. An emphasis is on a comparative study of teaching and learning in multiple cultures. This program will examine education in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England as compared to the United States. Candidates will participate in a variety of planned experiences in schools to gain a deeper understanding of the teaching and learning process in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England.
ED 4381 Linguistically Diverse Learners. This course section includes a travel abroad experience involving a trip to Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England with mandatory pre-class meetings during the spring of 2017. An emphasis is on meeting the needs of diverse students in classroom environments that foster a climate of respect, learning, equity, and excellence. This program is designed to enhance awareness, respect, understanding, and appreciation of the strengths of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. It includes an examination of culture’s effect on teaching and learning within schools in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England. Candidates will participate in a variety of planned experiences in schools and key cultural exhibits to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England.
ISTD 6381 Study Abroad: Global Pedagogical Studies. This course section includes a travel abroad experience involving a trip to Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England with mandatory pre-class online sessions during Spring and early Summer 2017. It is designed to present a broad base of knowledge about educational practices. This program will examine the influence of educational practices from Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England. Candidates will participate in a variety of planned experiences to key cultural exhibits to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and England.
ISTD 6381 Study Abroad: Multicultural Education. The course is designed to help candidates examine how race, ethnicity, and culture influence students’ experiences in school. This exploration will provide a foundation for enlightened citizenship and effective teaching in a multicultural society. This course includes a travel abroad experience.
Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements, and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers will be given to each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the university.
All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care needs or emergencies. More details will be provided at orientation meetings held at the Center for International Studies.
Completed a cumulative 24 hours of course work in residence or by transfer at the time of application. Dual credit hours are not defined as in residence or transfer hours.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
- Current students must have a 3.0 GPA
- Newly accepted students must have a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
|Tuition and Fees (based on 6 credit hours)||$2,100.00|
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$4,600.00|
|Spending Money (estimate based on amount spent by students on prior programs for travel, gifts, entertainment and miscellaneous)||$1,000.00|
This program will be under the direction of Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Donna Gee. Dr. Gee co-directed three study abroad programs: the 2010 New Zealand and Australia, 2012 Fiji and New Zealand, and 2014 Greece and Italy International Education Programs. Assistant professor of Teacher Education Dr. Charlene Bustos co-directed two study abroad programs: the 2012 Fiji and New Zealand and 2014 Greece and Italy International Education Programs. Dr gee and Dr. Bustos are co-directed the 2015 Fiji and New Zealand Education Program.