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ERIC Number: EJ891479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
"Holding Culture in Her Hand:" Immersion and Understanding
Ross-Bernstein, Judith
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v12 p185-187 Nov 2005
Coming upon Devon McKenna's entry one might ask two questions. First, why send undergraduates, specifically potential early childhood professionals, abroad? Second, why send them to Sweden? To both, the answer drawn from a comprehensive worldwide review of early childhood program provision provides an elegant recognition: "It is said that the merit of any nation may be judged by how it treats its children, particularly the poor and needy. If that adage is true, then Sweden surely sits at an international pinnacle. Nothing honors Sweden more than the way it honors and respects its young." The culminating event of Devon's policy to practice experience was her final thesis entitled, presented in this volume. This she presented in Swedish fashion to a group of her study abroad peers, mentors, and professors. In this thesis, Devon demonstrates her ability to identify and weave threads of cultural values and beliefs, related to national policy mandates, teaching practices, parental expectations, and their implication for children's well being and development. From the author's perspective as an educator, Devon McKenna's undergraduate trajectory exemplifies an innovative and desirable path in higher education. She believes that Devon had the unique opportunity to "hold culture" in her hand and closely examine what it might mean in terms of her own personal and professional life and in this case, the lives of young children.
Frontiers Journal. Dickinson College P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013. Tel: 717-254-8858; Fax: 717-245-1677; Web site: http://www.frontiersjournal.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden