College hosts lecture on global learning

first_imgColleges must follow through on their promises of global education, R. Michael Paige, professor of International and Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, said. In his lecture, “Global Learning and the Intercultural Dimension of Internationalization,” delivered at Saint Mary’s College on Friday, Paige said universities promise perspective students a global education, but rarely go beyond the promise. “Many times universities say they prepare globally perspective students, but the evidence is just not there,” he said. “The rhetoric often exceeds the practices.” In order to follow through on these promises, Paige said faculty members must encourage their students to study abroad. “Studying abroad stands as a beacon for students,” Paige said. “It is continuously listed as the most influential instrument in a student’s higher education learning experience. A real solid undergraduate education involves academic study abroad.” Paige said faculty must question how they can prepare and support their students’ global perspectives. “[Faculty must] foster a learning environment that prepares students to fully participate in the global community,” Paige said. “Colleges must have internationalization permeate the climate of learning.” Incorporating global learning into the curriculum will also make classes more engaging, he said. “Internationalization must be seen in the curriculum,” Paige said. “This aspect of learning makes courses more exciting and students love courses with an international dimension. We must be thinking how we teach and how we can enhance our student’s overall education.” Marc Belanger, professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s, said he agrees with Paige’s perspective. “[Global learning] is important because today’sstudents simply will not be successful without an understanding of the global forces which impact how they live and work,” he said. “I have long believed it was our responsibility as humans to be globally aware.”last_img read more

Daughter’s words motivate mum to get off benefits

first_imgStuff.co 26 October 2013A 9-year-old’s comment about how “cool” it was to be on a benefit has changed a Huntly woman’s life.Until six months ago, Judy Wilson was one of about 80,000 sole parents in New Zealand receiving a benefit.She was devoted to raising her six children but, in her own words, she was also drinking, smoking, and not doing “anything”.And she had been for close to 20 years.“It was my nine-year-old that said, ‘It’s cool being on the benefit because you’ve been on it for so long, eh, mum. I’m going to go on the benefit too’.”Wilson, 43, said she was “shocked” to think her circumstances would have such influence on her daughter, and the comments jolted her into action.She started a six-week course at WINZ in order to pick up new skills and followed it up with another, more specific course, in caregiver training for about eight weeks.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9329346/Daughters-words-motivate-mum-to-get-off-benefitslast_img read more