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SSU faculty educators present at a conference in China


January 15


Several Shawnee State University faculty and a guest were invited to present at conference in China.

SSU faculty and Teacher Education Students in China

Several Shawnee State University faculty and a guest were invited to present at the Fifth International Conference on English Immersion in Guangzhou, China, and teacher workshop in Xi’an, China, last month.

Three student teachers, Thomas Dominick, Rebecca Kroeger and Wade Beachy also attended the conference as their culminating experience to end their student teaching in the fall.

In the first part of the trip, in Guangzhou, they were in the program as presenters and session leaders. Shawnee State was recognized as one of the “organizing institutions” in the conference materials.

SSU’s sister university, South China Normal University, is in Guangzhou. The conference attendees were all teachers in Chinese schools.

“The teacher workshop on science education in Xi'an was well attended with average of 50 plus teachers present daily,” said Professor Xiaodan Huang, Ph.D. “We received positive evaluation feedbacks.”

SSU Associate Professor Kejing Liu, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Education, gave a presentation on language and Dr. Huang gave a presentation on “Instructional Techniques and Quality of Language Immersion” at the conference.

Liu also chaired the last day of the conference where experts from China, Canada, and the United States gave a focused report on “Global Ability and Language Immersion Education,” “MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and Today’s Educational Movement,” “An Overview of Studies on English Immersion Education,” and “Progress in Elementary English Immersion Programs in Shan Xi Province.”

“I observed teaching performances by kindergarten classroom teachers and provided comments on their performance, lesson planning, teacher-student instructions, and so forth,” Liu said.

She also gave lessons at the “Xi’an Teacher Workshop on Science Education” on how to teach English vocabulary, and taught a lesson on germination, in which she integrated the guidance and principles for developing lesson plans.

Liu visited elementary education programs in Shenyang Normal University and Yanbian University and worked with colleagues on a possible joint-research project.

Professor Ken Carlson, Ph.D., and his wife, Harriett Carlson, retired science teacher and chair of Portsmouth Sister Cities, presented “The Nature of Science and Science Methods” at the conference.

Ken Carlson gave a lecture on animals and Harriett Carlson gave a lecture and Power Point presentation on plants.

After that conference, the group flew to Xi’an to conduct workshops with science teachers and as observers in several school classrooms.

“Our hosts in China were very gracious,” Professor Carlson said. “The trip was a success, not only because we gave presentations about science and teaching, but also because we learned a great deal.”


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