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AbstractLessons Missed: Where is the Learning about Teaching in Study Abroad?Study abroad programs in American education are increasingly gaining popularity (Carlson, Bum, Useem& Yachimowicz, 1991; NAFSA, Association of International Educators). In fact, over the past several yearsenrollment has increased by 45 percent. According to the Association of International Educators, in1999-2000 academic year, for example, 129,770 students from the United States studied abroad.It is not unusual to see architectural programs in this mix as it could be argued that one of thecompelling reasons for study abroad, irrespective of the discipline, is the interest in seeing foreignarchitecture first hand. Study abroad courses in architecture and architectural engineering naturallyfocus on this: viewing architectural highlights of the host country. This does not seem out of place withwhat we are charged to do as architectural educators.Few of these programs, however, focus upon the teaching of architecture in other cultures and spendeven less time assessing how the architectural instructors of the host country teach their students andhow their practices may differ from those in the United States. Furthermore, as Engle and Engle note(2002, p. 25), it is becoming more and more difficult to acquire experiences that are truly different andrich: “While earlier study abroad offered a marked, desired break with the familiar, the pervasive effectsof global economic, social and technological homogenization have made the potentially rich andrewarding encounter with difference less easily acceptable.”This paper explores the lessons learned, and often missed, with respect to witnessing teaching in aforeign country. It examines, describes and assesses the value of experiential education, communityengagement, in-classroom techniques as well unique S.E. Asian teaching practices and celebrations (e.g.,string tying ceremony) that forge initial bonds between students and their educators. The paper casts these teaching lessons in light of the architectural engineering education practiceswithin North America. It examines methods for developing respect for teachers, engaging in thearchitectural creative process and paying respect to Asian culture and spiritual beliefs. It helps to bringto bear the notion that we, as architectural educators, could be attempting to do more in terms ofsetting the stage for our daily interchanges with our students.
Cowan, D. J., & Greene, C., & Traore, M. B., & Worley, W. L., & Boonlua, T. (2011, June), Lessons Missed: Where is the Learning about Teaching in Study Abroad? Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18279
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