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Education course: Creating Curriculum from Community Settings: Minnesota & Singapore

Course/Program Description: EDHD 3100/EDHD 5100 -- Creating Curriculum from Community Settings: An Experience in Minnesota and Singapore
Instructor: Robert Shumer, Ph.D.

The educational program promoted through this class is designed to help individuals learn how to create curriculum from community settings, understand this process in a service-learning context, and participate in program development in Minnesota and in Singapore. We will have an opportunity to introduce Minnesota students to the process so they practice it before they go to Singapore. We will go to Singapore on November 5th and arrive late November 6th. There will be a day for sightseeing and orientation on November 7 prior to attending the Ministry of Education/National Institute of Education's Character and Citizenship Conference (to be held November 8th and 9th) to learn about Singapore programs dealing with service-learning and character development. We will spend the morning of November 10th conducting a short course on constructivist curriculum applied in Singapore contexts (with our students helping Singaporean students/teachers to understand the curriculum process) and then spend the afternoon of the 10th and all day on the 11th visiting local schools and community organizations to actually examine their curriculum and apply what has been learned in the course. We will spend November 12 actually writing curriculum with our Singaporean partners and then spend the afternoon doing some final sightseeing, preparing for the return trip home on Sunday, November 13. We leave early in the morning and return in the afternoon of the same day!!

We will have one or two follow-up meetings to discuss the trip and to finalize our curriculum models. Times for these meetings will be arranged after we return.

Our goal is to allow students from Minnesota and Singapore to explore models of service-learning through a constructivist curriculum lens and to develop relationships and insights into how two different cultures approach engaging the community as part of the educational process. This is the first course/program in an anticipated multi-year collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Education in Singapore to develop shared learning and shared experiences to strengthen and improve character and citizenship education around the world.

Total expenses for the course/program are approximately $1375 (US), plus food and travel. The registration fee for the Character and Citizenship Conference is waived because of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Education (Singapore).

To apply, go to http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/programs/asia-oceania/singapore.php

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