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GCC China—Research in Educational & Cross-Cultural Settings

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  • City: Beijing and Xi’an
  • Term: Winter course with field component during Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Asian Languages and Cultures, Education, International Studies; Psychology

Students will compare Chinese and American educational models and values on this 3-week program. By comparing educational processes across cultures, students can discover new practices that might be successful in the United States, identify features of development that are universal across cultural boundaries, and develop new perspectives on how children are educated in the US.

On-campus component: PSYCH 457 (3 Credits) — Students will acquire the basic skills needed to design, conduct, and evaluate research in developmental and educational psychology. They will apply these methods to a research project during Winter term as they tele-collaborate with students in China—who will visit Ann Arbor during Winter term—and work with large-scale databases of student achievement from thousands of students in dozens of countries.

Off-campus component (2 Credits)­ — Students will continue to collaborate with and learn from student peers at Beijing Normal University, China’s leading education university, as well as analyze and compare data and present final results at a research conference in Beijing. Included in the program is a trip to Xi’an, a center of ancient Chinese culture and history. The program is taught and led by U-M Professors Kevin Miller of the School of Education and Kai Cortina of Psychology.