11/04/2013 03:29 PM
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
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
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
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:
“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
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.
Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013