2014 International Education Institute: Enhancing Intercultural Competence in an Educational Setting

2014 International Education Institute: Enhancing Intercultural Competence in an Educational Setting

Posted by Kenneth Cushner on September 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  

The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  

The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  

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Two Course Offerings in Summer, 2014 at Kent State University’s Florence CampusTake One – or Stay for Both!!!

You can spend two or four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as an international educator through one or both of the following course offerings:

1. Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad (HIED 6/76595)   June 2 – 13, 2014

Learn the principles and practice of designing and delivering effective study abroad programs with an intercultural emphasis at Kent State University’s historic campus in Florence, Italy.   Participants in this workshop will interact with undergraduate Summer School study abroad students participating and assisting with the orientation of new students attending the Summer School Program.  In addition, study the principles of developing effective study abroad experiences; meet with university program officials, faculty, facility support staff, as well as private third-party providers of study abroad, community and onsite support services such as legal advisors, health professionals and housing offices.  Ample time will be spent visiting sites of historical and cultural significance in Florence.  A weekend trip to Rome will include meetings with American university programs operating in Italy.  A day of independent program-related travel in Italy is also built into this program.

2.    Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning  (C&I 6/77005)   
June 16 – 27, 2014

This course is ideal for educators who recognize that the realities of globalization and international interdependence are prompting educational changes in terms of what is being taught and how it is being taught.  Around the world, educators at all levels are increasingly being called upon to develop an international and intercultural dimension in their schools, curriculum and communities.  An education system that prepares students to live and work in an international and multicultural society is increasingly essential in education today.  This course is designed to address teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, addressing issues relevant to K-16 education.  Participants in this course will enhance their understanding of how principles from the fields of cross-cultural psychology and intercultural communication influence the teaching and learning process; assess not only their own intercultural competence as well as undergraduate students in the Florence Summer School program; and explore curricular initiatives designed to enhance global understanding.  We will visit local Italian schools and universities, take a weekend trip to the educational center at Reggio Emilia, and have ample time to visit sites of local historical and cultural significance.    

Program Coordinator and Instructor: 

Dr. Kenneth Cushner is Professor of Multicultural and International Education in the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University.  Dr. Cushner is author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education and training, including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach (McGraw-Hill, 8th ed. Forthcoming in 2014); Intercultural Student Teaching (Rowman Littlefield, 2007); Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel(Rowman Littlefield, 2004); and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition.  A former East-West Center scholar, Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow and past-president of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; was a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden in 2008; coordinated the Teachers at Sea program for Semester at Sea (summers of 2010 and 2011); and currently serves as director of COST – the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.   

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Posted on: Sep 26, 2013
Posted by: Kenneth Cushner