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Project: Mathematics Education and Society – 8th International Conference
Cities: Portland, Ore.
College of Education Personnel Involved: David Slavit
Discipline/Specialization: Mathematics Education
Type of Project/Activity: International Conference
Associated Institution: Portland State University
Website: Conference website is still underdevelopment
Project/Activity Start Date: Conference committee formed in November, 2013
End Date: Conference date, June 21-26, 2015

Synopsis:
Dr. Slavit serves on the planning committee for the Mathematics Education and Society – 
8th International Conference. The MES8 Conference is a forum for discussing the social, political, cultural, and ethical dimensions of mathematics education in an international venue. The conference brings together mathematics educators from around the world to disseminate research that explores these dimensions of mathematics education, to discuss theoretical and methodological issues related to research of this type, to foster international co-operation in the area, and to develop a strong research community interested in these dimensions. The residential nature of the conference, in which all participants reside at the same venue, is a key feature of MES conferences and is designed to encourage the development of such an interactional community. Special efforts are being made to attract participants from outside of the U.S and Europe, and additional sessions are designed for classroom teacher participation.

Previous conferences took place in Nottingham (UK, 1998), Montechoro (Portugal, 2000), Helsingør (Denmark, 2002), Gold Coast (Australia, 2004), Albufeira (Portugal, 2008), Berlin (Germany, 2010), and Cape Town (South Africa, 2013). Information on MES 1 to 7, including access to proceedings (apart from MES4), is available at: http://MEScommunity.info.

Plenary speakers for the MES8 Conference include Munir Fasheh (Palestine), Bob Peterson (USA), Anita Rampal (India), Ole Skovsmose (Denmark). A special session on opening night will be led by Ubiritan D’Ambrosio (Brazil), originator of the term “ethnomathematics” and leading mathematics educator for the past several decades.


For more information about this project:
Contact Suzanne Smith at smithsu@vancouver.wsu.edu
Mexico

Project: MOU with Autonomous University of México and México Nación
College of Education Personnel Involved: Brian McNeill
Discipline/Specialization: Counseling Psychology
Type of Project/Activity: Partnership
Associated Institution: Autonomous University of México
Website: http://www.nacionmulticultural.unam.mx/
Project/Activity Start Date: ASAP
End Date: No project end date

Synopsis:
Using partnership for research, teaching, and student/faculty exchanges.


For more information about this project:
Contact Brian McNeill at mcneill@wsu.edu
Croatia

Project: International Women and Academic Careers
College of Education Personnel Involved: Kelly Ward, Forrest W. Parkay, Gordon Gates, Michele Acker-Hocevar, Teena McDonald
Discipline/Specialization: Higher Education
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Partnership/ Teaching/ Outreach
Associated Institution: University of Rijeka
Project/Activity Start Date: October 2013
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
Dr. Kelly Ward, along with collaborator, Bojama Collum, are working on shared projects. The tandem has almost identical research interests, so the two are extending their work to be more comparative in nature.


For more information about this project:
Contact Kelly Ward at kaward@wsu.edu
Slovenia

Project: Perception and impact of the 2013 European Basketball Championship for Men on the host nation
College of Education Personnel Involved: Simon Licĕn, Amy Cole (as graduate assistant)
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: Institute for Economic Research
Project/Activity Start Date: 2013
End Date: TBA

Synopsis:
Dr. Licĕn and Amy Cole are studying the organization and impact of major international sports events. In global terms, these events are moving to new countries and territories. Local hosts typically justify their bids to host these events as an attempt to gain international recognition and notoriety, increment tourism and economic activity, build or refurbish sports facilities, and attract foreign investment. The goal of this research is to observe how successful are these events — or rather, their organizing committees — in achieving the desired goals and what can be improved to make them more successful. Their ongoing research focuses on the European Basketball Championship for Men hosted by Slovenia in September 2013.

To understand the perception of the event among the local population, surveys examining the benefits and risks associated with staging the competition were conducted before and after the tournament. This study will show the public’s expectations associated with such events, how these expectations differ across groups of fans and across time, and the accuracy of their assessments.

In a second study, an internet contingent valuation survey was conducted among the local population. By using econometric analysis, they obtained information regarding the value of willingness-to-pay and established its determinants. This helps them understand what influences an individual’s willingness to approve of public funds being devoted to the event.


For more information about this project:
Contact Simon Licĕn at simon.licen@wsu.edu
Germany

Germany

Project: International newspaper coverage of the 2013 European Basketball Championship for Men
College of Education Personnel Involved: Simon Licĕn, Amy Cole (also involved in this project as an RA)
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: Macromedia University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Project/Activity Start Date: October 2013
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
Dr. Simon Licĕn has joined other international researchers, including Dr. Thomas Horky of Germany. They are studying the organization and impact of major international sports events. In global terms, these events are moving to new countries and territories. Local hosts typically justify their bids to host these events as an attempt to gain international recognition and notoriety, increment tourism and economic activity, build or refurbish sports facilities, and attract foreign investment. The goal of this research is to observe how successful are these events — or rather, their organizing committees — in achieving the desired goals and what can be improved to make them more successful. This particular study looks at international newspaper coverage of the 2013 European Basketball Championship for Men hosted by Slovenia. The researchers look at the way broadsheet newspapers in Slovenia, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States covered the event. Specifically, they are looking at the amount of newspaper coverage, the topics that generated media interest, and their placement and prominence within the newspaper. The Sport Management Program at Washington State University aims to strengthen its international presence and relevance; this study will help us understand the characteristics of media coverage of such events world-wide and develop strategies for media and communications departments aimed at increasing both national and international media prominence.


For more information about this project:
Contact Simon Licĕn at simon.licen@wsu.edu
Switzerland

Project: European Study of Faculty
College of Education Personnel Involved: Kelly Ward
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: University of Lausanne
Website: https://unil.ch/
Project/Activity Start Date: Spring 2015
End Date: TBA

Synopsis:
Dr. Ward will be part of a European study of faculty roles and rewards. In particular, she’ll be part of a project to help conceptualize and think about how family formation shapes career outcomes for faculty. The study includes nine countries in Europe but will be based at the University of Lausanne.


For more information about this project:
Contact Kelly Ward at kaward@wsu.edu


Switzerland

Project: FIBA Social Media Presence and Reach
College of Education Personnel Involved: Simon Licĕn
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Associated Institution: International Basketball Federation (FIBA) (Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball) in Geneva, Switzerland
Project/Activity Start Date: 2015
End Date: TBA

Synopsis:
Dr. Simon Licĕn will join officials from FIBA and examine FIBA’s social media presence and reach.


For more information about this project:
Contact Simon Licĕn at simon.licen@wsu.edu
France

Project: International newspaper coverage of the 2013 European Basketball Championship for Men
College of Education Personnel Involved: Simon Licĕn, Amy Cole (also involved in this project as an RA)
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: University of Bordeaux
Project/Activity Start Date: October 2013
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
Dr. Simon Licĕn has joined other international researchers, particularly Dr. Nicolas Delorme of France. They are studying the organization and impact of major international sports events. In global terms, these events are moving to new countries and territories. Local hosts typically justify their bids to host these events as an attempt to gain international recognition and notoriety, increment tourism and economic activity, build or refurbish sports facilities, and attract foreign investment. The goal of this research is to observe how successful are these events — or rather, their organizing committees — in achieving the desired goals and what can be improved to make them more successful.

This particular study looks at international newspaper coverage of the 2013 European Basketball Championship for Men hosted by Slovenia. The researchers look at the way broadsheet newspapers in Slovenia, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States covered the event. Specifically, they are looking at the amount of newspaper coverage, the topics that generated media interest, and their placement and prominence within the newspaper.

The Sport Management Program at Washington State University aims to strengthen its international presence and relevance; this study will help us understand the characteristics of media coverage of such events world-wide and develop strategies for media and communications departments aimed at increasing both national and international media prominence.


For more information about this project:
Contact Simon Licĕn at simon.licen@wsu.edu


Project: Statistical analysis of the international option linking the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) databases
College of Education Personnel Involved: Olusola Adesope, Brian French, Chad Gotch and Bruce Austin
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Psychology
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Project/Activity Start Date: November 1, 2013
End Date: December 31, 2014

Synopsis:
The project is a contract, from OECD headquarters in Paris, for the College of Education’s Learning and Performance Research Center. The contract is for the LPRC to engage in statistical analysis of the international option linking the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) databases. Of the 33 OECD countries that participated in TALIS, eight countries opted to implement a link at the school level between TALIS 2013 and PISA 2012. These countries are: Australia, Finland, Latvia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Singapore. Hence, this project will directly impact these eight countries.

There are several questions that will be addressed by this project. For example:

  • How is the school profile of student performance in mathematics related to teachers’ stated needs for professional development, their likelihood of participating in in-service training, and their evaluation of the impact of the in-service training on their work?
  • How are students’ views on their school climate and learning environment related to teachers’ views on school and learning climate? How are they related to teacher-student relations as perceived by teachers, students and school principals? How do these relationships vary according to school profiles of student performance and student SES?
  • How do profiles of teachers’ beliefs (including teaching beliefs in mathematics more specifically), instructional practices (including teaching practices in mathematics more specifically), school leadership and teacher training vary between high and low SES schools? Between high and low performing PISA schools?

The analytical work includes the following:

  • Carrying out analyses of the merged international database containing the TALIS and PISA data for the eight countries that implemented TALIS in PISA schools to address policy issues advanced by these 8 countries.
  • Carrying out exploratory analysis of the international database seeking to identify notable relationships which can contribute to answering the research listed at the end of this document.
  • The analytical service the researchers are providing include various univariate, multivariate and multilevel hierarchical linear modeling analyses, as well as establishing data models that represent the survey responses when appropriate. This will include analysis of the main policy themes to feed into the full international report to be published in December 2014.
  • Writing a full international report of the TALIS-PISA link

For more information about this project:
Contact Olusola Adesope at olusola.adespoe@wsu.edu


Project: Statistical Analysis of Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)
College of Education Personnel Involved: Olusola Adesope, Brian French, Chad Gotch and Bruce Austin
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Psychology
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Website: http://www.oecd.org/
Project/Activity Start Date: November 1, 2013
End Date: December 31, 2014

Synopsis:
The project is a contract, from OECD headquarters in Paris, for the College of Education’s Learning and Performance Research Center. The contract is for the LPRC to engage in the statistical analysis of the international database of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). The project involves working with 33 OECD countries to identify pertinent issues for developing K-12 teaching workforce in those countries.

The LPRC team is the only team chosen from the U.S. to undertake this analysis. However, their work is part of an international collaboration involving scholars from Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, and Spain. Their analytical work includes the following, across all sections of the TALIS international database:

  • Carrying out analyses of the TALIS international database to address policy issues advanced by the 33 countries.
  • Carrying out exploratory analysis of the international database seeking to identify notable trends (using TALIS 2008 and TALIS 2013 databases when appropriate) and relationships that contribute to developing the teaching workforce.
    • The analytical services they are providing include various descriptive, multivariate and multilevel hierarchical linear modeling analyses, as well as establishing data models that represent the survey responses when appropriate.
    • Writing a book chapter on teaching practices, beliefs and attitudes for the TALIS report(s).
      • The chapter will delineate different teaching practices that teachers deploy in the classroom and how those practices are influenced by different factors including teachers’ beliefs about the nature of teaching and learning, their professional development, classroom environment, etc.
      • Attended a meeting of the TALIS analysis team in Hamburg, Germany and provided analyses plan to OECD analysts.

For more information about this project:
Contact Olusola Adesope at olusola.adespoe@wsu.edu
Italy

Project: Trans-National Research Project: Discourses In Coming Out Stories Within A Transnational Context Of Neoliberalism
College of Education Personnel Involved: Dr. Richard Sawyer
Discipline/Specialization: Curriculum Theory/ Cultural Studies
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Partnership
Associated Institution: University of Valle d’Aosta (Italy); University of Manchester (UK)
Project/Activity Start Date: Spring 2013
End Date: No project end date

Synopsis:
Dr. Rick Sawyer is involved in this research with two other professors. In this project, they examine how LGBTQ individuals perceive their coming-out experiences, including their views of the event(s) and contexts. In their aspect of the study, they focus on educational/school contexts of support or constraint. They then examine their stories from trans-national and multiple qualitative neo-liberal and homonormativity (related to neoliberalism) perspectives. Drawing from the work of Lisa Duggan, neo-liberal homonormativity is a little-researched and relatively new global phenomenon which acts to naturalize the seemingly increasingly tolerated LGBTQ experience as heteronormative, characterized by LGBTQ domesticity and consumerism. In the project, they examin the appropriation of narrative experience and identity from LGBTQ perspectives during a transition from counter-cultural status to dominant cultural status. In addition, they examine and seek to deconstruct this topic as a unique political and socio-cultural research site of the global and hegemonic project of neo-liberalism in action. From trans-national perspectives, they examine how the new neo-liberal homonormativity operates and give examples related to our own countries (Italy, U.K., U.S.), as well as use a new transnational “research mapping” approach to trace and document the migration of neoliberalism in the UK, Italy, and the U.S. Research methods include critical discourse analysis, arts-based inquiry, autoethnography, and critical media studies.

They have currently given a number of conference presentations in two different countries on this topic, including the following:

  • Sawyer, R.D. (2013). Homonormativity in the Television Show American Horror Story: A Critical Reading. Paper presented at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Benozzo, A. (2013). IKEA Gay Family Travels to Italy. Paper presented at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Benozzo, A., & Sawyer, R.D. Discourses in celebrities coming out stories: Ricky Martin and Tiziano Ferro as critical cases. Paper presented at the 22nd AISNA Biennial International Conference, Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom, 19-21 September 2013, Trieste, Italy.

They are currently writing the following article:

  • Benozzo, A., & Sawyer, R.D., Discourses in celebrities coming out stories from both sides of the Atlantic: the cases of Ricky Martin and Tiziano Ferro.

For more information about this project:
Contact Richard Sawyer at rsawyer@wsu.edu
Nigeria

Nigeria

Project: Cultivating Strong Partnerships and Readers In Nigeria: A Pilot Study
College of Education Personnel Involved: Jane Kelley, Sola Adesope, and Pam Bettis
Discipline/Specialization: Early Literacy, Assessment, and Gender Studies
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Outreach
Project/Activity Start Date: May 2014
End Date: TBA

Synopsis:
A pilot project to learn about emergent literacy practices and to develop a deeper understanding of gender contexts in Nigeria.


For more information about this project:
Contact Jane Kelley at jekelley@wsu.edu


Project: Desktop Learning Module for Sustainable Biofuels Production; an International Collaboration with Nigeria
College of Education Personnel Involved: Olusola Adesope (Brian French, Chad Gotch & Bruce Austin)
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Psychology
Type of Project/Activity: Research & Partnership
Associated Institution: National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Website: http://www.nacionmulticultural.unam.mx/
Project/Activity Start Date: May 13, 2013
End Date: June 30, 2015

Synopsis:
Dr. Olusola Adesope is working with engineering faculty and students on an NSF-funded collaboration project between WSU and Nigerian Institutions. A major goal is to provide an educational experience for US graduate and undergraduate students and professors through: 1) a transcontinental inter-university design team project focused on designing, building and testing a hands-on DLM gasification process; 2) US and Nigerian graduate student participants who will develop an assessment strategy for the DLM Gasifier in helping students learn and use biomass conversion concepts in creating large scale designs; assist with design team coordination, project development and intercontinental communication; 3) two international workshops attended by all participants; 4) two US and four Nigerian faculty mentors for the graduate and senior design team students; 5) a Strategic Guide for modeling international collaboration between researchers.

We believe that U.S. students and faculty will benefit from exposure to students and faculty from different cultural backgrounds and learn to manage their own cultural influences in light of professional expectations. Both WSU and Nigerian institutions will benefit from the external perspectives they will gain and create a foundation for additional collaboration in future years.


For more information about this project:
Contact Olusola Adesope at olusola.adesope@wsu.edu
Burundi

Burundi

Project: Program Development and Evaluation
Cities: Nine schools in Gitega and Bugendana
College of Education Personnel Involved: Suzanne Smith – Director, College of Education in Vancouver
Discipline/Specialization: Family Relationships
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Outreach
Associated Institution: THARS Burundi (Trauma Healing & Reconciliation Services)
Website: http://www.thars.org/
Project/Activity Start Date: Initial research trip January, 2013
End Date: To be determined

Synopsis:
In January of 2013 two WSU faculty members, including College of Education professor Suzanne Smith, traveled to Burundi, Africa for one week to explore the possibility of developing a 4-H program there with their partnering organization, THARS Burundi. They visited nine elementary schools in Gitega and Bugendana. They conducted three training/discussion sessions by meeting with a total of 12 teachers, eight school administrators and 12 THARS staff members. The format was a one-hour presentation about 4-H and then an hour of discussion with the staff.

Because most of the youth are from impoverished families, when not in school, they spend most of their time helping at home: fetching water, collecting firewood, herding goats, preparing meals, caring for younger siblings, and helping with farming chores. Few children have time to play soccer or do homework. They arrive at school hungry, are not fed while there for five hours, and cannot afford to bring food from home. Homes and schools do not have adequate supplies, or even enough books and chairs for each student.

The teachers want the youth to be able to go to professional schools and to cultivate the creativity it takes to overcome poverty and obtain employment. They want them to be empowered to be responsible for their own decisions, to find a way to reach their potential, to learn and practice goal setting and “to love work”. Youth need to learn that not everything they wish for is possible, but to do the best with what life offers. Girls need more encouragement to stay in school and advance to higher levels.

In order to help them, the teachers/staff want teaching methodologies, youth development, and specific subject matter training. They were very interested in learning more about horticulture and want to start school gardens. Based on this feedback, this is the type of training the College of Education will provide during this project.

Dr. Smith will visit Burundi in February, 2014, to visit each of the nine schools, and to lay the groundwork for a trip in 2015. She will deliver soccer balls to each of the schools, meet the teachers and staff, and develop the evaluation component of the program development to take place the following July. While there, she will also work with the staff and local community to work on the construction of the kitchen at the THARS building which will house the program being developed by this research project.

The three faculty members will return in July 2015 for three weeks, in order to provide professional development for the school and THARS staff at the nine elementary schools, while also delivering a week-long sports camp for the youth while the adults and staff are receiving the types of training they have requested. They will also be trained to develop their own 4H program.


For more information about this project:
Contact Suzanne Smith at smithsu@vancouver.wsu.edu
Japan

Japan

Project: Multi-prong partnership with Nishinomiya Board of Education
College of Education Personnel Involved: Mike Trevisan, Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Jane Kelley, Tom Salsbury, Chris Sodorff, Krenny Hammer
Discipline/Specialization: Most disciplines within the College
Type of Project/Activity: Partnership (27 years)
Associated Institution: Nishinomiya Board of Education
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nishinomiya
Project/Activity Start Date: Ongoing for 27 years
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
The WSU College of Education-Nishinomiya Board of Education Partnership is the oldest and most active international partnership in the College. Established in 1987, by Dean Stephen Lily, the partnership has revolved around four main activities:

The WSU College of Education-Nishinomiya Board of Education Partnership is the oldest and most active international partnership in the College. Established in 1987, by Dean Stephen Lily, the partnership has revolved around these main activities:

  • Research Seminars – Every three years research seminars are held with faculty and educators from Nishinomiya Board of Education and WSU College of Education. For 27 years now, the location for the seminar has alternated between Nishinomiya, Japan and Pullman, WA (although Vancouver and Spokane have also hosted the Nishinomiya delegation). In addition to the research seminars, participants include daylong visits to schools and extended interactions with teachers, students, and school and district administrators.
  • Assistant Language Teacher – Annually, WSU College of Education selects 1-3 Washington State teachers to teach English in Nishinomiya’s junior and high schools for one year.
  • Visiting Nishinomiya Teachers – Nishinomiya Board of Education sends 1-3 teachers to for one summer to study English at the WSU Intensive American Language Center (IALC) in Pullman.
  • Faculty-led Summer Program – Annually, beginning in 2015, WSU College of Education will send a group of graduate and undergraduate students to Nishinomiya to learn about how to teach English language learners in Japanese schools while learning about the Japanese educational system and Japanese rich culture and history.

For more information about this project:
Contact Gisela Ernst-Slavit at gernst@wsu.edu or Krenny Hammer at khammer@wsu.edu
South Korea

Project: International Scholar Exchange Program
College of Education Personnel Involved: Yong Chae Rhee, Tammy Crawford
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Type of Project/Activity: Research
Associated Institution: Kangwon National University
Website: http://www.kangwon.ac.kr/
Project/Activity Start Date: September 1, 2013
End Date: August 31, 2014

Synopsis:
Dr. Seok Pyo Hong, a visiting faculty scholar from Kangwon National University, will complete two research related sport marketing with Dr. Yong Chae Rhee and Dr. Tammy Crawford. The first research is discovering differences between Korea and North America in terms of sport management research trends. The second research is about online sport consumer behaviors, specially moderating effect of sports attachment level on intention to purchase sports product online. Dr. Hong will try to update his knowledge and experiences in the field of sport marketing. To do that, he is auditing graduate level business classes and sport management classes. Also, he is willing to contribute to the sport management program by guest lectures on sports industry in Korea, academic and professional experiences. Third, Dr. Hong would like to find opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in the department for research and other possibilities.


For more information about this project:
Contact Yong Chae Rehee at yong-chae.rehee@wsu.edu


Project: Faculty-led Study Abroad: Global Sport Management in Korea
College of Education Personnel Involved: Yong Chae Rhee, Chris Lebens
Discipline/Specialization: Sport Management
Type of Project/Activity: Faculty-led Study Abroad
Associated Institution: Pusan National University, Gangwon National University, Chungang University
Websites: http://english.pusan.ac.kr/html/00_main/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nishinomiya, http://neweng.cau.ac.kr/
Project/Activity Start Date: June 23, 2014
End Date: August 1, 2014

Synopsis:
Korea is an ideal location for learning about the global sport industry. Recently, Korea was awarded the bid for the 2018 winter Olympics and has also previously hosted the World Cup, the Summer Olympics, and the World Championships in Athletics/Track & Field. Until now, only France, Germany, Italy, and Japan have staged all four events. Korea is also one of a few high-income, developed countries in Asia, as well as one of the world’s oldest civilizations with a history of nearly 5,000 years. Its rich cultural heritage makes Korea an excellent location for studying Asian culture and the global sport business.

This program will be offered in three universities in different locations in Korea (Chungang University in Seoul, Pusan National University in Pusan, and Gangwon National University in Chuncheon). Seoul is the capital of Korea and offers an engaging city life, which was evident in the recent viral music hit, ‘Gangnam style’. Pusan, located in the southern part of the country, is the largest coastal city in Korea. Like Seoul, it provides a unique city life, but one that is highlighted by its ocean culture. Lastly, Chuncheon is located in Gangwon province, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

This experience provides prospective students with three different cities to visit sport venues and sporting events. Courses will be offered in International Sport Management and Venue Management. Moreover, Korea will be able to provide our students with access to its four professional sport leagues so they can better understand the cross-cultural differences. Also, students will acquire experience with Korean culture through visits to palaces, temples, theme parks, and Korean traditional markets. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience various international and Korean cuisines.

To help the students adjust to Korean culture, the host universities will offer a buddy program. They will also offer various weekend programs for cultural social experience via different sport activities such as mountain biking, orienteering, and learning Taekwondo (traditional Korean martial art).


For more information about this project:
Contact Yong Chae Rhee at yong-chae.rhee@wsu.edu
China

Project: Partnership with Yunnan University (YNU)
College of Education Personnel Involved: Forrest W. Parkay, Gordon Gates, Michele Acker-Hocevar, Teena McDonald
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Administration
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Partnership/ Teaching/ Outreach
Associated Institution: Yunnan University (China)
Project/Activity Start Date: 2005
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
College of Education researchers are collaborating with YNU faculty on the following objectives:

  • Developing a collaborative research project that focuses on principals at Yunnan Province schools that serve poor ethnic minority students and gathering data as appropriate
  • Identifying journals (both in China and the U.S.) that might be interested in publishing the results of their study
  • Converting their research project into a proposal for external funding (for example, a program to train principals who participate in their research study)
  • Developing a WSU master’s degree program (possibly, a joint/dual degree program with YNU [and maybe Beijing Normal University (BNU)] in Educational Administration that would be delivered online to students in the U.S. and China

For more information about this project:
Contact Forrest Parkay at fwparkay@wsu.edu
Thailand

Project: Partnership with Mahamakut Buddhist University (MBU)
College of Education Personnel Involved: Forrest W. Parkay, Jason Sievers, Lali McCubban
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Administration
Type of Project/Activity: Partnership/ Research/ Teaching/ Outreach
Associated Institution: Mahamakut Buddhist University – both Bangkok and Khon Kaen campuses
Website: http://www.eng.mbu.ac.th/
Project/Activity Start Date: October 2013
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
The College of Education is collaborating with Mahamakut Buddhist University’s (MBU) Bangkok and Khon Kaen campuses to deliver its Ph.D. program in Educational Administration. Forrest W. Parkay is coordinator of the program. Each year, 2-3 WSU faculty members will teach one-week “workshops” at MBU. Faculty include Forrest Parkay, Jason Sievers, Lali McCubban, Merrill Oaks, and Muriel Oaks. MBU would also like to have approximately six Buddhist monks spend about six months at WSU as Visiting Scholars. Two monks would be assigned to each of the following campuses: Pullman, Spokane, Tri Cities, and Vancouver. Lastly, the MBU campus at Khon Kaen operates the English Assistants for Teaching English Program. The program recruits “foreign volunteer students and lecturers from English native-speaking countries to improve the English” of MBU students. WSU students and faculty are encouraged to apply; for further information, visit http://volunteers.mbuisc.ac.th/.


For more information about this project:
Contact Forrest Parkay at fwparkay@wsu.edu


Project: Partnership with Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University (SNRU)
College of Education Personnel Involved: Forrest W. Parkay, Jason Sievers
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Administration
Type of Project/Activity: Partnership/ Research/ Teaching/ Outreach
Associated Institution: Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University
Website: http://en.snru.ac.th/
Project/Activity Start Date: 2005
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
Since 2005, Forrest W. Parkay has conducted an annual one-week Leadership Development Program (LDP) for faculty and doctoral students in Educational Administration at Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University (SNRU) in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. Each summer, the SNRU delegation also spends one week visiting schools in Pullman and Moscow. Parkay and Dr. Jason Sievers host the SNRU delegation during these summer visits.


For more information about this project:
Contact Forrest Parkay at fwparkay@wsu.edu


Project: Partnership with Khon Kaen University (KKU)
College of Education Personnel Involved: Forrest W. Parkay, Mike Trevisan, Jason Sievers, Merrill Oaks, and Dennis Warner
Discipline/Specialization: Educational Administration
Type of Project/Activity: Partnership/ Research/ Teaching/ Outreach
Associated Institution: Khon Kaen University
Website: http://www.kku.ac.th/eng/main.php
Project/Activity Start Date: 1997
End Date: Ongoing

Synopsis:
Since 1997, the College of Education has collaborated with the Faculty of Education at Khon Kaen University (KKU) to deliver its Ph.D. program in Educational Administration. Forrest W. Parkay is coordinator of the program. Each year, 2-3 WSU faculty members teach one-week “workshops” at KKU. Faculty have included Forrest Parkay, Mike Trevisan, Jason Sievers, Merrill Oaks, and Dennis Warner. Four WSU students have visited KKU; expenses paid by KKU. To date, the WSU and KKU faculty have presented more than 12 papers and three symposia at AERA. Each year, a doctoral cohort from KKU visits WSU, prior to attending AERA.


For more information about this project:
Contact Forrest Parkay at fwparkay@wsu.edu
Singapore

Singapore

Project: Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program
College of Education Personnel Involved: Andy Scheef
Discipline/Specialization: Special Education
Type of Project/Activity: Research/ Teaching/ Personal Education
Associated Institution: National Institute of Education
Website: http://www.nie.edu.sg/
Project/Activity Start Date: March 17, 2014
End Date: June 17, 2014

Synopsis:
During his three months in Singapore, graduate assistant Andy Scheef will research post-school outcomes for Singaporean students with disabilities. He will focus on programs that provide vocational training for those students who function on the autism spectrum or who have a cognitive or physical impairment. Singapore has a reputation for being a country that develops efficient programs and also takes good care of her people, which many believe is the number one resource of the geographically small country. Singapore also has a tradition of respecting and promoting human rights for all of its citizens, which has led to increased opportunities for people with disabilities. There are several schools and government-based programs in Singapore designed to support and train students with disabilities, giving them the skills required to contribute to society in meaningful ways as adults. During his time in Singapore, he will visit these schools and employment sites to learn firsthand about strategies for training students in various jobs, building positive relationships with employers, matching vocational placements with specific students, supporting students in the workplace, and evaluating the appropriateness of the placement. In addition, he will have the opportunity to work with officials in the Ministry of Education as well as special education professors at the National Institute of Education.


For more information about this project:
Contact Andy Scheef at ascheef@wsu.edu
New Zealand

New Zealand

Project: Meeting with Professional Learning and Development Advisory Group, New Zealand Ministry of Education. Presentation on how to develop and implement robust professional learning structures in and across schools.
College of Education Personnel Involved: Tamara Holmlund Nelson
Discipline/Specialization: Science Education
Type of Project/Activity: Outreach/ Collaboration
Associated Institution: Ministry of Education (Wellington). University of Auckland
Website: http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/
Project/Activity Start Date: March 4, 2014
End Date: March 21, 2014

Synopsis:
The University of Auckland College of Education invited Tamara Holmlund Nelson to visit and share ideas about teachers’ and school leaders’ professional learning. Dr. Nelson was invited to attend a meeting of the Professional Learning and Development Advisory Group at the New Zealand Ministry of Education. There she had the opportunity to meet principals from diverse schools, the president of the teachers’ union, Ministry representatives, and researchers from the University of Auckland. She shared results from the long-term research done in collaboration with Dr. David Slavit on teachers’ collaborative inquiry and professional growth. She spent three weeks at the University of Auckland learning about their research on professional learning, risk, and expertise, and sharing ideas about supporting the professional development of school leaders. She gave two presentations to faculty and graduate students while at the U of A, one entitled Project-Based Learning in Inclusive, STEM-Focused Secondary Schools and the other Talking about Student Learning: Science and Mathematics Teachers’ Collaborative Inquiry Processes. Opportunities to visit Ormiston Senior College, a progressive and ethnically diverse high school designed to personalize learning for all students, and Devenport Primary School, contributed to understanding some of the unique aspects of the New Zealand education system.


For more information about this project:
Contact Tamara Nelson at tnelson1@vancouver.wsu.edu
Washington State University