ERIC Number: ED440964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Comparative Education through the LATTICE Experience.
Papanastasiou, Elena C.
This paper describes the LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education) project, which has been bringing together Michigan public school teachers, international students, and internationally oriented faculty from Michigan State University for several years. Through LATTICE, participants can learn about other educational systems and cultures via directed group discussion with international students and teachers as well as by actually visiting classrooms and teaching lessons. At monthly meetings, a topic is presented to trigger discussion between groups. At the end of the presentation, there are small group discussions that focus on assigned provocative questions related to the main topic. The group then reconvenes, and a representative from each small group shares their conversations. Participants complete a brief survey on what they learned from the session. By hearing how other cultures teach their children, LATTICE participants discover differences between and similarities among educational systems. Some of the benefits of LATTICE include: it exposes people to other cultures and coordinates resources; it supplements international comparative reports with background information; it offers non-competitive comparisons of educational systems; and it enables participants to make connections. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Consciousness Raising, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Group Discussion, Higher Education, International Education, Partnerships in Education, Public Schools, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan