Learning on Silk Roads

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

The Evergreen State College, USA

UNIVERSITY

EDUCATION LEVEL

DURATION

The Evergreen State College, USA

History & Asian Studies

Undergraduate

DR. Hirsh Diamant

Unclear

FIELD

FACULTY

#service learning #cross-cultural learning #study abroad #curriculum development #critical pedagogies #China studies

Collaborative Partnerships and Innovative Critical Pedagogies for Studies Abroad


Students in Silk Roads academic programs, study contemporary and historical Silk Roads and envision sustainable Silk Roads of the future. For over a decade, the Evergreen Silk Roads academic programs provided opportunities for students to travel to Middle East, China, Vietnam, and Japan to experience cultures first hand and to build connections and partnerships with students, faculty, and universities abroad.


INNOVATION

Central in the program’s work is Evergreen‘s pedagogy of bridging theory and practice. While studying abroad, Evergreen students engage in service learning; they planted trees in Xian and Inner Mongolia, mentored Vietnamese and Chinese students in American culture and English language, engaged in seminars on Dao Dejing with philosophy students at Zhejiang University, and facilitated skype academic sessions with students in Chinese universities.


The recent program shows examples of collaborative learning between students and faculty of Evergreen State College with Xing Wei College and WuYi University in China. We selected books and planning common readings and seminars between Chinese and American students for classes that took place in the Fall of 2017. This way, students were connected, even before they meet in person. By creating informal, person to person connections between students and faculty that can last even after our program of 2017-2018 is completed, we can build bridges of cross-cultural communication, friendship, and empathy that will foster a better education for the future.


These experimental programs have led to successful assignments and lessons for teaching methodologies, which can be inspirations for other study abroad courses.

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Learning on Silk Roads

UNIVERSITY

The Evergreen State College, USA

DR. Hirsh Diamant

FACULTY

EDUCATION LEVEL

Undergraduate

FIELD

History & Asian Studies

DURATION

Unclear

#service learning #cross-cultural learning #study abroad #curriculum development #critical pedagogies #China studies

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Collaborative Partnerships and Innovative Critical Pedagogies for Studies Abroad


Students in Silk Roads academic programs, study contemporary and historical Silk Roads and envision sustainable Silk Roads of the future. For over a decade, the Evergreen Silk Roads academic programs provided opportunities for students to travel to Middle East, China, Vietnam, and Japan to experience cultures first hand and to build connections and partnerships with students, faculty, and universities abroad.


INNOVATION

Central in the program’s work is Evergreen‘s pedagogy of bridging theory and practice. While studying abroad, Evergreen students engage in service learning; they planted trees in Xian and Inner Mongolia, mentored Vietnamese and Chinese students in American culture and English language, engaged in seminars on Dao Dejing with philosophy students at Zhejiang University, and facilitated skype academic sessions with students in Chinese universities.


The recent program shows examples of collaborative learning between students and faculty of Evergreen State College with Xing Wei College and WuYi University in China. We selected books and planning common readings and seminars between Chinese and American students for classes that took place in the Fall of 2017. This way, students were connected, even before they meet in person. By creating informal, person to person connections between students and faculty that can last even after our program of 2017-2018 is completed, we can build bridges of cross-cultural communication, friendship, and empathy that will foster a better education for the future.


These experimental programs have led to successful assignments and lessons for teaching methodologies, which can be inspirations for other study abroad courses.

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