June 3 – August 4, 2014
In order for NGOs to effectively implement international educational programs, they must be equipped to recognize and respond to the cultural dynamics shaping their work. This practicum will support Teach for China (TFC), an affiliate of the growing Teach for All network dedicated to reducing the global education gap, with their efforts to recruit, prepare, and support interculturally-competent teaching fellows for work in rural Chinese schools. The practicum team will begin by developing a conceptual framework to define and evaluate intercultural competency as well as to measure the effectiveness of intercultural training initiatives. Following a preliminary set of interviews with TFC leaders about the program's mission and goals, the practicum team will observe and evaluate the relevant portion of the organization's Washington, D.C.-based selection process for its new American fellows. The team will then travel to rural China during TFC's summer training institute for its incoming cohort. Focusing on the portion of the program dedicated to intercultural training, the team will conduct ethnographic observations and interviews to evaluate its effectiveness. The team may also implement a pre-and post-institute assessment and may also deliver an intercultural competency workshop for the fellows, depending on the organization's interest and needs. Upon our return, we will analyze our data to produce a comprehensive assessment and will provide concrete recommendations to support the organization's future recruitment and professional development efforts.
Students from all programs are encouraged to apply. Students should have a background, demonstrated through coursework or applied experience, in one or more of the following areas: international education, intercultural relations, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, program and/or curriculum design and implementation. Chinese language background is a plus.
6/30-7/3, 7/7-7/9 9am-3pm
7/14-7/27 In China field work (exact dates TBD)
8/1, 8/4 9am-3pm
Professor Bio: This practicum is offered by Dr. Amanda Taylor (email@example.com) of SIS. Dr. Taylor’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of culture, power, and education. She is particularly interested in the role of race in shaping educational policy and practice as well as community organizing for school reform. Her work has been published by Oxford University Press, the Free Press, and in peer-reviewed journals including Urban Education and Equity & Excellence in Education. Before joining the faculty at SIS, Dr. Taylor taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Relay Graduate School of Education, and in public and international high schools. She served as the Director of Graduate Enrollment Management at SIS for six years and has consulted for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Mass Insight Education, and the Civil Rights Project (now at UCLA).