This course is a joint project between the University of Florida and Penn State University with funding from the U.S. government's Fulbright-Hays program. Eight students and 7 full-time agriscience teachers will participate in an in-country preparation course during the spring semester, followed by a one-month immersion experience in South Korea for four weeks during Summer 2014.
The purpose of this course is to develop and prepare globally minded agricultural education teachers by providing the opportunity a short-term study experience within the context of agricultural education in nation’s that have school-based agricultural education and university agricultural teacher preparation programs.
To assist current agriculture educators and pre-service teacher candidates in acquiring the characteristics of a global-minded agricultural education teacher as purported by The National Council for Agricultural Education (2011), which are:
- is open to new perspectives and attitudes from students and others
- easily introduces global examples with authority and understanding
- regularly asks the question about the impact on global systems
- has an awareness of current global events with the ability to connect to students in a relevant way
- invites global perspectives into the classroom
Course Learning Objectives
AEE 499/AEC 6905 will work to develop global citizenship which is understood as a multi-dimensional construct that entails three interrelated domains: social responsibility, global competence and global civic engagement. Thus, major course learning objectives are, the students will be able to:
1) Evaluate social issues and identify instances and examples of global injustice and disparity.
2) Examine and respect diverse perspectives and construct an ethic of social service to address global and local issues.
3) Recognize their own limitations and abilities to engage successfully in an intercultural encounter.
4) Demonstrate an array of intercultural communication skills by engaging successfully in intercultural encounters.
5) Discuss and interpret world issues and events.
6) Construct their political voice by synthesizing their global knowledge and experiences in the public domain.
7) Engage in purposeful behaviors that advance a global civic sensitivity through public educational presentations.
8) Demonstrate general knowledge of Korean history, geography, agricultural systems, educational systems and culture.