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Students from Beijing Normal University Visit the College of Education

 Students from Beijing Normal University Visit the College of Education

On October 1,2017, a group of undergraduate students from the Beijing Normal University (BNU) of China majoring in education came to MSU’s College of Education, for a 9-day communication program. The short-term program is to enhance the communication between China and U.S. academics in education. Students hoped to get practical knowledge and first-hand experience about U.S. educational systems, through observation and inspection. The goal of the study abroad experience was to develop the students’ global vision and better prepare them for their professional career. In the orientation, Dr. David Wong, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, encouraged students to observe and explore more about the teaching characteristics of the U.S. education system, and think about the mechanisms of how parents and the community influence local schools. The students and professors also talked about the characteristics of class size in the U.S., gender inequality, sex education, the U.S. high school curriculum, and teachers responsibilities. During the program, students visited  five schools, including Haslett High School, Wexford Montessori Academy, MSU’s Child Development Laboratories, Post Oak Academy, and Okemos High School.

Beijing Normal University(BNU) is a public research university, with an emphasis on basic disciplines of the humanities and sciences. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China.

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(Contributed by Chunyu Guo)