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ERIC Number: ED342587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Report of Visit to Moscow State University.
Kunz, Brian
This paper is an account of Russian and American educators exploring the use of experiential education in schools and organizations. The goal of experiential education is to find harmony between the individual and the group. In August of 1988, 18 students and 2 professors from the Soviet Union came to Dartmouth (New Hampshire) as part of a University exchange. During their stay they participated in experiential activities including a rope course and many problem-solving exercises. In July of 1989, an American educator visited the USSR and lectured to groups of faculty, researchers, and students on experiential education. The vice president of Moscow State University invited the educator back to lecture throughout May and June of 1990. The Soviets are interested in experiential education because they believe the method will help them develop new strategies to cope with the changes going on in the USSR including the challenge of recognizing the individual after years of totalitarian rule. Cultural characteristics of the United States are individualism, cooperation, innovation, democracy, and individual ownership. Cultural characteristics of the Soviet Union are cautiousness, unpredictability, intensive work and rest, communal work, and centralism and decentralism. The educator lectured to psychologists, students, colonels from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, college faculty, and staff of language institutes, a narcology clinic, and factories. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR