WMU News

European education study tour offered in May

Feb. 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Students, parents and working professionals are invited to gain a broad perspective on early childhood education this spring by participating in a three-week study tour of Lleida, Spain; Tourette-Levens, France; and Perugia, Italy.

Early Childhood Education in a Cross-National Perspective, ED 502, features visits to various child-care and early-school settings as well as numerous opportunities to experience the art, culture and history of the countries on the tour.

Leading this special course will be Dr. Josephine Davis, assistant professor of teaching, learning and leadership. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, and participation is open to the general public in addition to WMU faculty, staff and students.

Those who enroll in the course will learn about some of the practices, policies and approaches other nations employ when addressing issues such as child care, parent involvement and early education.

Currently, plans call for the program to run from May 3 to June 1 and to include three days of preparatory classes before participants head overseas and three days of debriefing classes once they return home. Those who complete the course will earn six academic credits from WMU.

The 2005 study tour will be particularly valuable for students majoring in education, psychology, and family and consumer sciences. It also will be beneficial for any student or individual who is interested in learning more about family and community involvement in education overseas and relating what they learn to the United States.

The total cost is $5,069, which includes international airfare to and from Kalamazoo, intercontinental transportation, four-star hotel accommodations, most meals, all museum entrance fees, six credit hours of WMU tuition, and health/accident insurance. It does not include the passport fee, some meals, personal items or spending money.

Information about application and eligibility requirements may be found online at <www.wmich.edu/coe-cmte/intl/ed502.htm>. Enrollment is limited, so applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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