EDUC 566 - Cross Cultural Awareness
Democratic Classroom Environment:
We strive to create an environment where students are engaged and active participants in a democratic learning process. Within the PACE context democratic education means that students are peer educators - creating knowledge with the instructors rather then acting as containers waiting to be filled by expert knowledge. It also means that a supportive environment for cross cultural dialogue dismantles and exposes the hierarchy both within the structure of the classroom itself and between course participants.
Elements of democratic education:
- Course are facilitated by two instructors to model cooperative learning facilitation.
- Shared decision-making and responsibility among the students and instructors.
- A learner-centered approach; everyone can learn from anyone.
- Equality among instructors and students.
- The community as an extension of the classroom.
- For students to address issues of cultural awareness, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. through cross-cultural dialogue, introspection, research, writing and service learning.
- Creating "Peer Educators" by enhancing the following skills in students: Interpersonal communication, Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Improvisation, Team building, Reflective listening
- Provide opportunities for experiential learning through workshops and other service to the Penn community.
- Create a resource for ongoing outreach to all members of the university community by being a model service-learning experience.
- Contribute to creating a campus climate that fosters understanding.
- Pre-course survey/application (a permit is issued to register)
- Attend a weekend retreat (usually on a Saturday or Sunday) near the beginning of the semester.
- Weekly 3 hour class sessions at the Greenfield Intercultural Center.
- Complete assignments as designated in the syllabus, which usually includes readings, refection papers, in-class facilitation, and a final research project.
- Earn graduate level course credit.
- Learn workshop design and facilitation.
- Develop skills to engage difficult cross-cultural discussions.
- Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, and education.
- Improve and develop storytelling and performance skills.
- Learn how to incorporate performance art into a learning environment.
- Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, education, and art.
- Make strong and lasting connections with fellow course members and the diverse community of PACE and TPACE members, instructors, and advisors.
- Improve public speaking skills.
Holly Link PACE Co-Instructor
Collin Williams PACE Co-Instructor
Details for Spring '16 course TBA.