FW: Study Tour to Turkey in March, Applications Due Friday, Jan. 14
- The deadline is 01/14/11, but I thought I'd still send it on. - Dianne
From: Melinda McClimans [mailto:mcclimans.2@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:19 PM
To: Melinda McClimans
Subject: Study Tour to Turkey in March, Applications Due Friday, Jan. 14
A Study Tour in Turkey 2011
Description: A group of professors, classroom teachers (K-16), and
teacher educators will study Turkey, travel to Turkey and connect with
colleagues at universities and schools in Turkey. Pre-departure, study,
preparation and orientation will be provided by the Director and
Assistant Director of Middle East Studies Center. MESC will provide
compensation for the preparation of instructional materials during and
after the trip, with support from its Title VI grant authorities. These
products will be used for educating students (K-16) about Turkey.
Rationale: Global education in general, and studies of peoples and
cultures in the "Middle East," or West Asia/North Africa, both suffer
from a lack of productive academic and cultural exchange of perspectives
and ideas from diverse areas of the world. In addition, global
connections in the classroom, whether by way of technology or through
actual visits, are beginning to be more widespread. In creating a
transnational community, avenues may be opened up which would allow
continuity for these connections, and more opportunities to gain
intercultural awareness. In addition, ways for exchanging and sharing
substantive, accurate knowledge about geopolitics of Turkey in the 21st
century will provide teachers content they need for more inclusive
* group will be approximately 15
* dates March 17-26, 2011
* costs will be largely subsidized by the sponsors (see below) -
the intention is to support in-country costs (lodging, transport), and
perhaps some of the international travel
* itinerary will include Istanbul and Ankara
Deadline for Application: Friday, January 14th
Contact: Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director of the Middle East
Studies Center, mcclimans.2@... 614-292-6506
A single page, 12 pt. font, statement of purpose, including your
international and/or domestic intercultural experiences - why would you
like to participate? How would you contribute to the purpose of the
An additional page answering the following:
* If accepted, could you come between March 18-27?
* What amount would you consider reasonable/affordable for the
* Travel Journal and/or blog
* Creating teaching ideas, instructional materials or lesson
plans about Turkey during the trip and posting them online.
Initial Goals: To build a community of educators in Turkey and the
United States, and by sharing our experience and knowledge, create
teaching resources for K-16 education and beyond.
To identify a set of shared academic and social goals within the realm
of global education.
Academic focus: Geopolitics of Turkey in the 21st Century and its
application for Global Education.
* Instructional Materials on Turkey, for K-16 and the community
* A transnational partnership between Turkish and American
teachers and teacher educators, inclusive of study tours, online
communication, and continuous collaboration.
* Regular study tours in Turkey for teachers, graduate students
of education, and possibly undergraduates.
* Online platforms for communication focused on the projects of
this partnership, and for building community online.
Participant roles: There will be three types of participants in this
trip to Turkey: teachers; teacher educators; and scholars. Many
participants will fall into more than one, or perhaps all three,
Scholars who can teach about:
World History, Current Developments in International Relations related
to Turkey, Global Education, Multicultural Education, The Arts,
Technology in Teaching, and related fields.
* have had extensive experience abroad, or domestic
* are currently teaching about the world and perspectives from
diverse local contexts.
* use technology to connect to classrooms around the world.
Teacher Educators who have experience:
* training teachers about particular world regions
* cultivating intercultural experiential learning opportunities
* online systems for communication, collaboration and education
Sponsorship: The Middle East Studies Center <http://mesc.osu.edu/> at
the Ohio State University would like to thank the Niagara foundation
<http://www.niagarafoundation.org/> for sponsoring most of the costs of
this trip and for their partnership in this project. The Middle East
Studies Center is supporting the creation of instructional materials for
this trip by providing participants with a modest stipend.
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