Guest Talk: Student Research Panel Presentation & Discussion, with CAE, Wednesday, 10/25, 5-7pm

We are pleased to host the following guest talks in October:

  • Student Research Panel Presentation & Discussion, with CAE, Wednesday, 10/25, 5-7pm


  • The Teachers College George Clement Bond Center for African Education (CAE), under the leadership of Interim Director Professor S. Garnett Russell, welcomes TC students and faculty who are interested in research and education-related issues in Africa and the Diaspora. The Center promotes interdisciplinary study and discussion across Teachers College and Columbia University through research projects, conferences, and lecture series. Through these various opportunities, the Center provides a forum for students to discuss their research and interests with African scholars, Africanist faculty, and colleagues.

    On October 25th 2017, CAE will host a student research presentation with a panel of five Masters Students who conducted research over the summer of 2017. This panel discussion will offer an opportunity for students and faculty to interact across departments and share ideas on current ideas and projects in the field of African studies. We look forward to welcoming participants from within the TC and CU community who can bring first hand experiences and opportunities for further research or employment. We also welcome participants with little experience to no experience in Africa, but are interested in the field of African studies.

    • Kevin’s Nascimento’s research study aimed at investigating implementation factors affecting the learning outcomes of two Save the Children (SCI) Zambia programs currently being implemented in Zambia - basic education (BE) and early childhood care development and education.


    • Dramane Ouedraogo’s research aims at analyzing the provision of civic education to Students' Parents Association (SPA) in the rural area of Burkina Faso.


    • Sarah Lewinger’s research focuses on Uganda, where abstinence-only education programs (both formal and informal) are widespread. Through in-depth interviews with Ugandan women about their experiences with sexual education - including but not limited to abstinence-only education – she examines how various forms of sexual education affect women's abilities to make informed and empowered decisions regarding their sexual health in the East African context and beyond.


    • Jihae (Jay) Cha conducted her research in Kakuma Refugee Camp, which is located in the northwestern part of Kenya. Jay’s research explores the changes in female refugee students’ academic motivation and psychosocial well-being as a result of their participation in remedial classes, and the role teachers played in students’ performance and well-being.


    • Iman Sebunya's research explores the Daara system of Koranic education and its role in promoting social cohesion in rural and urban Senegal



    This event is co-sponsored by the George Clement Bond Center for African Education and Gottesman Libraries. It is open to all, including participants with little to no experience in Africa, but who are interested in the field of African studies, and those who can bring first hand experiences and opportunities for further research or employment.

    Please rsvp no later than Monday, October 23rd with your interest and details.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Developing Yoltocah: A Collaborative Project with Multi-Grade Teachers in Mexico, with Elsie Rockwell, Thursday, 10/12, 4-5pm


  • "During 2016, in collaboration with Valeria Rebolledo Angulo, I led a team of 15 coauthors in producing a book based on the experience of a 120 hrs. workshop with 180 multi-grade rural teachers (grades K-9 and Special Ed.) to explore ways to teach groups of students of different grade levels by working on a common topic (in Math and Language) with activities allowing increasing complexity. I will first give an overview of the political context and current educational reform of México, which has proposed consolidating rural multi-grade schools. This situation led us to invest much time in both the workshop and the production of the book. I will then describe the way we proceeded to combine teaching activities proposed by participants with knowledge of content-specific didactics in developing the 20 activities developed in Yoltocah. This title is a Nahuatl term meaning 'to follow the heart'."
    -- Abstract

    Dr. Elsie Rockwell is Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor in Teachers College's Department of International and Transcultural Studies during the fall term of 2017, and has been a Faculty member at the Department of Educational Research of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico since 1975. Trained in history and anthropology, she has focused her studies on the history of schooling and state formation, school cultures, and the literacy/orality matrix both within classrooms and in communities and has advised over 30 graduate students in these lines of research. Rockwell has participated in several international networks and conferences, and has published academic articles and chapters in several languages. Her books include Hacer escuela, hacer Estado: La educación posrevolucionaria vista desde Tlaxcala (Colegio de Michoacán, 2007), La experiencia etnográfica: cultura e historia en los procesos educativos (Paidós, 2009), and Comparing Ethnographies, Local Studies of Education Across the Americas, co-edited with Kathryn Anderson-Levitt (AERA, 2017). Rockwell received the INAH Clavijero Award in 2008, the CAE-AAA George and Louise Spindler Award in 2013 (shared with Hervé Varenne). Throughout her academic career she has also been active in working with elementary teachers and producing materials for alternative school projects in rural and indigenous regions of México, including the Dialogar y Descubrir series (Conafe, 1988-1992), as well as Yoltocah, Estrategias Didácticas Multigrado (Tlaxcala, 2017).

    This guest talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Gottesman Libraries. Professor Daniel Friedrich will introduce Dr. Rockwell and lead the Q&A.

    Please rsvp no later than Wednesday, October 11th with your interest and details.

    Where: 306 Russell


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