LSU’s ‘Internationalization & Education’ Symposium Draws Scholars From Around the Globe
BATON ROUGE – LSU hosted a forum titled “Internationalization & Education: Breaking Boundaries” on Wed., Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building.
This symposium brought together scholars from across the globe to examine the policy and pedagogical implications at the intersection of internationalization and education during a day-long discussion. Specifically, this symposium explored ideas related to human rights, difference, ethics and pedagogy in an increasingly globalized and international world.
LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs Director Bob Mann University opened the symposium. The Reilly Center aims to solve problems in the world of media and politics and advance good government initiatives by bringing people together to engage in dialogue and research on the media and political world.
College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, Dean Damon P.S. Andrew gave an address, talking about the significant projects LSU and CHSE are doing to further internationalization in higher education.
“The fundamental question is: are we preparing students to compete in an increasingly global economy?” Andrew said. “LSU prides itself on being the premier institution of higher learning in the state, but with great reputation comes great responsibility. I am proud to say that my colleagues in CHSE are strengthening our reputation through international programs.”
Andrew’s examples include the School of Education assistant professor Kenneth Fasching-Varner, assistant professor Ken Denny and instructor Margaret Denny’s coordination of a study abroad program in Chile. Twenty students from the School of Education attended a three-week program at a bilingual immersion school, building practical teaching skills and exploring the country and culture, and completing 120 hours of supervised teaching internship while achieving LSU class credit through EDCI 4800 – Multicultural Education and Schools. Andrew also cited Denise Egéa-Kuehne’s coordination of the French Education Project within CHSE. The French Education Project enhances and improves the teaching of French and francophone cultures, with special emphasis on Louisiana’s francophone heritage. In recent years alone, Egéa-Kuehne worked on numerous projects to provide multiple professional development opportunities for teachers of foreign languages, via pre-service and in-service education, summer institutes, workshops, colloquia and conferences, including video conferences.
According to Andrew, CHSE internationalization efforts are also evidenced by a travelling scholar program. Eugene Kennedy, associate professor in the School of Education, hosted four faculty members from Abant Izzet Basal University in Bolu, Turkey this past summer. Erkan Tekinarslan, Ilknur Cifci Tekinarslan, Senay Sezgin Nartgun and Zekeriya Nartgun stayed in Baton Rouge, visiting LSU to work and study with LSU faculty. They presented research to students and faculty, along with developing and submitting two research proposals for the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The School of Kinesiology hosted 27 students from the Shanghai University of Sport and Beijing Sport University. Through this partnership, these students attended English Learning Orientation Program sessions in the mornings and certificate classes in kinesiology in the afternoons.
“It is not enough for the next generation of students to merely be globally aware – they must be globally engaged,” Andrew added.
Presenters were as follows:
- Denise Egea of LSU, presented her work titled “The Commodification of Culture: Ethico Political Issues in the Global Marketing of Knowledge.” Egea the is W.H. “Bill” LeBlanc Alumni Association Professor of Education and director of the French Education Project for Research and Teacher Education in the School of Education. Her primary areas of scholarship are theory and philosophy of education, curriculum studies and culture and language studies. Her numerous publications include “Derrida & Education,” with co-editor Gert J.J. Biesta, “Levinas and Education: At the Intersection of Faith and Reason,” plus more than 100 articles and book chapters.
- Zdenko Kodelja of the Educational Research Institute in Slovenia presented his work titled “Religion, Human Rights, and Education in the International Context.” Kodelja is senior researcher and head of the Centre for Philosophy of Education at the Educational Research Institute in Slovenia. He also teaches philosophy of education in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska. His primary areas of scholarship are philosophy of education, ethics and religious education, and education and human rights. He has written more than 130 publications, served as co-editor of several books and served as a member of the editorial board for two international reviews.
- Dean Ana Maria Mass of the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Argentina presented her work, titled “Connecting Continents and Higher Education.” Mass is the dean of the Virtual Universidad Argentina de la Empresa and Dean of the School of Education at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Argentina. Her primary areas of scholarship are women and management, university entrepreneurship and information and communication technologies in school. She has published more than 20 articles in journals and newspapers, written case studies and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
- Dean Hua Zhang of Hang Zhou Normal University, China presented his work, titled “Teachers as Intellectuals: Global Perspectives from China.” Zhang is professor and dean in the Graduate School of Educational Studies at Hangzhou Normal University in China. His primary areas of scholarship are curriculum studies and history, wisdom traditions, internationalization of curriculum studies and teacher education. He has written nine books, including “Autobiography and Teacher Development in China: Subjectivity” and “Culture in Curriculum Reform,” with co-editor William F. Pinar, and published more than 130 articles.
“LSU should host similar symposiums because these particular topics distinguish LSU as a participant in global topics,” said Caroline Wood, principal of Louisiana Connections Academy and symposium attendee. “With the entrance of common core standards and much of the concern about the standards, it is essential that a flagship university dialog on all the components that affect education policy and related action steps. What I continue to discover from these events is the difference in ‘vision’ from one international community to the next. I think extended networking with the global community is essential for the continued forward progress for American students both K-12 and post-secondary.”
The symposium was sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and CHSE’s Curriculum Theory Project and French Education Project.
The Curriculum Theory Project is comprised of internationally recognized scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds whose primary goals are to research the role education plays in a democratic society; participate in the future of curriculum theory nationally and internationally; enhance LSU’s graduate program of curriculum and instruction; and serve as a leader in educational thought.
The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer seven undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.