Teacher Education Goes Global
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Rachel Boit Course
Course Name: Child, Family and Community
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Reflection: Incorporating Global Learning component in my course (Child Family and Schools) was a very worthwhile experience both for me as an instructor and for the students as well. This is a TAG course for undergraduates and most of the students who enroll are Early Childhood majors. I implemented the global component piece right at the end of the Fall semester 2012. I wish it had been possible to do it earlier but this course has a lot of field work projects that they have to complete. However, even with the less time that we had the students benefited a lot from the video titled "BABIES" which they watched and did an analysis of its content. Most of the students expressed how the dynamics in the way children are born and raised in different parts of the world, was an eye opener. Most of the students' findings can be found in the "students work" section. The students appreciated this kind of an exposure and it is something that i will continue to do in my future classes.
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Thanks for doing this important work. It was eye-opening to see how much must be covered in your course! You did a really nice job of including the global perspective on family support in this syllabus. It would be interesting to see your reflection on what the students presented in their multimedia reports. Was it possible for them to reference any international families in their community? Was it too early in the semester for them to do this kind of "on site" research for the global perspectives report? Keep on keeping on! Your students are lucky to have an international scholar at the helm of this class experience. Joanne D.

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Dear Rachel, i like the use of the video Babies as well and enjoy the ways in which students can explore the video as an alternative lens of child rearing. So much can be examined by deconstructing what is taken for granted in Western Contexts. Wonderful work.

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I also enjoyed the advanced organizer to track student's thinking about global contexts and comparisons.