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[xmca] RE: Featuring EDUC259 on Japanese Public TV
I was surprised about "volunteering" as well and I asked my EDUC259 students
about it. But they replied to me that they saw their engagement in the
practicum as their volunteering because:
1) They (some) chose EDUC259 (with practicum) over EDUC258 (no
2) Since I didn't make any (formal) surveillance of their practicum
attendance, they considered going to the practicum based on their own will.
I'm not so sure about all of that, but it was interesting to hear my
students' perspectives. I think they are partially right but it varies
depending on a student (his or her relationship with the kids and with the
profession and with his/her learning). I think that volunteering is probably
a complex notion that resists purification.
Clarification: EDUC258 "Cultural diversity, schooling, and teachers" focuses
primarily on structural issues of (in)equality (no practicum). EDUC259
"Diversity in communal contexts" (with required afterschool practicum)
focuses primarily on dynamic and relational issues of cultural diversity and
(in)equality in education. This is how I conceptualize the difference. Now
with new Urban Ed programs, we are divorcing these two classes' curriculum.
Up to now, students can choose either one of them that is why we had big
overlap. But in the new Urban Ed programs the students will be required to
take both courses (good bye volunteerism! J)
It was interesting to see our class as "a response" to Obama's call - it is
funny J how things can turn around. I think we have foreseen this call in
1996 and Mike and your colleagues even earlier. I guess this is how TV and
news are made nowadays.
It is also interesting that the Japanese crew chose to show the interview
with UD students (not my grad students) at the Volunteer Fair who said that
they want to volunteer: 1) because they want to add a record for his resume
and 2) because their UD professor want it. Is it really volunteerism?
Any other observations?
From: mike cole [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 11:18 AM
To: Eugene Matusov
Cc: eXtended Mind, Culture,Activity
Subject: Re: Featuring EDUC259 on Japanese Public TV
Nice picture of your students and the community center and the activities.
One aspect of the program seemed misleading to me. Perhaps you could
clarify. It appeared that the students were not, in the commonly understood
use of that term, volunteers. They appeared to be students who were engaged
in this practice as a part of a college course for which they got credit and
perhaps a grade?
As you know, I am very much in favor of this kind of course at the college
level for many reasons, but I distinguish it from volunteers from the local
community, for example, who come and help out at the center, who are not
paid, get no institutionalized credits, and see it as a part of "giving back
to the community."
Could you clarify? At this particular moment, momentum for courses linked
not only to teacher preparation, but for a variety of reasons, is building
UCSD and I would like to be able to show this video to administrators, but
fear of mis-speaking about the basis of student participation and how
volunteer work becomes a part of a professor's lectures.
On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 7:50 AM, Eugene Matusov <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On January 7th, 2010, NHK Japanese TV broadcasted a report about our Fall
2009 EDUC259 course "Diversity in community contexts". I placed the report
http://ematusov.soe.udel.edu/EDUC259.09F-10_NHK_Japan.wmv. Emily is our
star! You can see our class and West End kids (see Darnell!)
Take care and congratulation,
Eugene Matusov, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Delaware
16 W Main st.
Newark, DE 19716, USA
website: http://ematusov.soe.udel.edu <http://ematusov.soe.udel.edu/>
Dialogic Pedagogy Forum: http://diaped.soe.udel.edu
Journey into dialogic pedagogy Matusov, E. (2009). Journey into dialogic
Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
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