ERIC Number: ED237043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Planning and Implementation of American Graduate Degree Programs for Iranian Educators.
Hackbarth, Steven L.; Gastaldi, Mahroo N.
Graduate programs were developed cooperatively by several U.S. universities and the Iranian Ministry of Education in response to the critical shortage of Iranian teachers and educational administrators. A variety of administrative, logistical, academic, and cultural problems were encountered in bringing mid-career educators to the United States to participate in these programs. Specific concerns included admissions standards, housing needs, campus and community orientation, transportation, health care, academic and personal support services, and reintegration into the native culture. Foreign students who stayed for the required year of study successfully earned their master's degrees. Universities involved in exchange programs should do the following: prepare the foreign students for the experience before they leave their country, assist the student to adjust to cultural differences, relate their academic experiences to their nations' needs, and maintain close contact with the sponsoring agencies so that the participants effectively can be integrated into the educational systems of their homelands upon their return. Background information on Iranian teacher education and the exchange program is provided. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Admission Criteria, Ancillary School Services, Culture Conflict, Exchange Programs, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Masters Degrees, School Orientation, Student Adjustment, Teacher Educator Education, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iran; United States; University of Southern California