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Vol. 2, No. 2

Spring 2013

Your Source of Information for Staying Connected, the e-magazine of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Faculty Focus

Dr. Justine Su Makes the Cover Page: Journal of World Education

Dr. Justine (Zhixin) Su

When Dr. Justine (Zhixin) Su went to Shanghai, China, to deliver a plenary presentation, Chinese Education through Americans’ Eyes, for the 7th UNESCO International Forum on Teacher Education at the end of September 2012, she was interviewed by reporters from the Journal of World Education, a leading national education journal published by the Chinese National Ministry of Education. The interview article, entitled Challenges of Internationalization for Chinese Higher Education, was published in the November issue of this journal. Dr. Su was featured on the cover page. It is a great honor for Dr. Su and for CSUN, as she describes in details the CSUN-China exchange and collaboration programs over the past 30 years. She also addresses the challenges of globalization and internationalization for Chinese and American educators, compares the strengths and weaknesses in both educational systems, and makes some recommendations for reform and development.

Since the Chinese educators and education media were deeply impressed by Dr. Su’s presentation on her comparative study of Chinese and American education, they have invited her to write and publish a series of research reports. These reports will shed light on similarities and differences in Chinese and American education and offer lessons of reform for both sides. They will be based on Justine’s comparative survey and interview study of more than one hundred Chinese school principals and teachers trained at CSUN in 2011-2012, and more than one hundred school teachers and administrators from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima who visited and taught in Chinese schools in Beijing and Shanghai in 2012.

The training programs for Chinese educators and Vaughn educators’ visit to China were both facilitated by the China Institute at CSUN, for which Dr. Su has served as Director since 1996. Over the years, many faculty in the College of Education have participated in the exchange and collaboration programs between CSUN and China, mentored visiting scholars, and presented workshops on different topics to Chinese education delegations.

Dr. Cynthia Desrochers Visits Oman—It’s a Small World after All

Dr. Cynthia Desrochers in Oman

Who would have imagined that after traveling some 20 hours to Dubai and then two hours south by car to Oman, Cynthia would be consulting with an Egyptian-born English Department Chairperson who had earned his Ph.D. at UCLA? But that is exactly what occurred in early January 2013, when Dr. Cynthia Desrochers (Professor of Education) and Dr. Leah Marcel (Professor of Economics) made a site visit to Al Buraimi University College (BUC) {} to provide workshops on Teaching, Learning, and Program Assessment.

In 2003, CSUN and BUC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding through CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning that CSUN faculty would consult with BUC faculty to assist BUC in providing high-quality programs designed to prepare its graduates to continue studies at universities in the U.S. and other countries.

Dr. Desrochers has been providing year-long e-faculty development to the 90 BUC faculty members on topics which include: Making Your First Day of Class Really First Class, AAC&U’s High-Impact Practices, Using Lecture Breaks, and Classroom Assessment Techniques. On January 8, 2013, she facilitated the keynote workshop for the entire BUC faculty on “Six Powerful Principles that Help to Explain How Learning Works.” The visit also included extensive meetings with a variety of administrators and faculty, visits to classrooms to converse with students, and a visit to an elementary school associated with BUC.

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