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ERIC Number: EJ847477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1710-2146
Welcome to the Land of the Ideas: The Goethe Institute Fellowship Tour of Germany
Samuelson, Keith
International Journal of Whole Schooling, v3 n2 p39-52 Sep 2007
There are many valid reasons for participating in an educators' tour of Germany. It is a nation that has a legacy of literary and political thought that has had a profound impact on the evolution of Western civilization. Germany has offered the world artistic and scientific genius and been the source of devastating war and unprecedented genocide. The historic opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the unification of Germany in 1990 underscore the importance of understanding the geopolitical role of modern Germany in the world community. Today, Germany is one of the world's leading export countries, a major contributor to the European Union and an internationally respected member of the United Nations. The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) supports teachers by disseminating teaching materials about modern Germany to K-12 Canadian and American teachers, program coordinators and university "methods" professors, promoting in-service teacher training, and offering all-expense-paid study/travel tours to Germany for social studies educators. The participants of the study tours are expected to contribute lesson plans to the Program and to offer in-service training about Teaching Modern Germany. TOP is a public-private partnership between the Goethe-Institut, the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Deutsche Bank and the Robert Bosch Foundation. The initiative is based on the idea that the best lessons in life come from experience. Since 2001, the TOP program has sought to find the best and most qualified K-12 social studies educators and give them the opportunity to experience modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Germany (Berlin)