Canada next frontier for Murdoch’s School of Education

October 28, 2016

Dr Susan Ledger (centre) with education students from the University of Calgary.

Dr Susan Ledger (centre) with education students from the University of Calgary.

An international exchange program is opening up new opportunities in the northern hemisphere for Murdoch University’s teaching cohort and education researchers, enhancing the University’s domestic and international reputation.

University of Calgary (UoC) education students recently travelled to Murdoch University to experience Western Australia’s diverse school settings and iconic tourism attractions as part of an exchange program.

Dr Susan Ledger from Murdoch’s School of Education said the ‘Teaching Across Borders’ exchange program was the start of an annual migration of UoC education students to Murdoch, with opportunities for Murdoch students to do a similar program in Calgary, and one that would lead to new research opportunities.

“Murdoch students currently have the opportunity to gain rural, remote or international experiences in their third year of their undergraduate program. By adding Calgary – it opens up the northern hemisphere for our teaching cohort,” said Dr Ledger.

“We are also exploring wider engagement opportunities and ways to encourage overseas experiences within our programs for undergraduates, post graduates and academics in the School of Education at Murdoch and University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education.

“In addition to student engagement with Calgary, we are exploring ways to strengthen our research partnerships and visiting scholar programs with University of Calgary.”

The UoC students spent time in Kalgoorlie during NAIDOC week followed by a week at Scotch College leading up to the Scottish Highland games. They are currently in two diverse schools; Success Primary -a fully integrated inclusive education school and Caralee Primary School, a local small school with a diverse demographic.

Dr Ledger said the first cohort of visiting international students had an interest in inclusive education and indigenous studies, so it was important they experienced regional and rural schooling as well as metropolitan schools.

The international cohort also had opportunities to sit in on lectures and workshops at Murdoch University. Trips to Rottnest Island, Shark Bay, the Pinnacles and Margaret River during break periods added to their WA educational and cultural experience. Many of these opportunities were integrated within the Murdoch Village student accommodation.

Colleen Kawalilak, Associate Dean International at UoC said regardless of how much one prepares for a cross cultural experience there is always the unexpected.

“Often the unexpected moments are full of opportunities and challenges,” she said.

The relationship between Murdoch and the UoC commenced at the Alliance for International Education Conference in Mumbai 2014 when the universities identified similar ideologies related to the internationalisation of their programs.

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