Comparative education studies the similarities and differences in education within a country or among multiple countries, based on both data and insight regarding educational theories and practices. This course utilizes a global perspective focusing on the eleven countries visited on the Spring 2019 Semester at Sea Voyage. Students will examine the conceptual and methodological questions underlying comparative and international education. Particular attention will be placed on the development of the field through a variety of lenses such as the exploration of the relationship between education, culture, and society in a global context. Among the issues discussed will be gender, race, class, socio-political and economic structures, and their relationship to the schooling process. Students will work independently and in groups to explore both their own educational experiences and the educational systems of the countries visited at the macro, mezzo and micro levels.
Field WorkCountry: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: February 20, 2019
This class will have a chance to learn from a panel of NGO leaders working for social justice in Myanmar for all ages and visit the Parami Monastery Language Centre to meet learners and and converse about their expereince as students in Myanmar.
Participants in this course will:
- explain the differences and similarities in the local educational system and their own experiences
- recognize the cultural and educational system elements that led to the student uprising in 1988.
- create personal connections with students from Myanmar.
- describe the various elements that attribute to the educational system in Myanmar.