visit Tomsk during Siberian spring
(L to R)
Winchester, Elena Nesyna, a middle grades English teacher and
A partnership between,
UNC Pembroke, Scotland County Schools and Tomsk State University in
Russia is beginning to bear fruit.
Dr. Richard Kania,
Chair of UNCP's Sociology, Social Work and Criminal
Justice Department, and Scotland County Social Studies Teacher Kitty
Winchester visited Siberia (spring 2003).
They met with educators
and university administrators of Tomsk State University as part of an
educational exchange, funded by the U.S. State Department called Partners
Dr. Kania is also
working on exchange programs between Tomsk and UNCP faculty and students,
and he plans a summer 2003 visit with Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.
"I met with
Tomsk State University Rector (president) Valery Obukhov during my visit,
and we are moving closer to a mutually beneficial agreement," Dr.
a linguistics professor at Tomsk,
and Winchester look on while
Dr. Kania lectures
Dr. Kania and Winchester
participated in an exchange program that saw 11 Russian educators visit
UNCP and the Scotland County schools (fall 2002) to study instructional
to Tomsk was to determine how well they were able to use the information
we had given them," Dr. Kania said. "They are using some of
the ideas and a lot of the materials we contributed to the partnership."
methods of lecture-oriented instruction are still used a great deal,"
Dr. Kania said. "But we saw more classroom discussion and the use
of cooperative learning concepts."
visited us, I demonstrated the National Issues Forum concept (a town
hall-style forum sponsored by the Kettering Foundation), and I visited
with a teacher who had adapted it for her classroom," he said.
"I was pleased."
is sponsored by the American Councils on International Education with
funding from the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Kania and Winchester
proved to be intrepid travelers, flying to Moscow and on to Siberia
on a regional carrier.
Despite being "spring
break" in the U.S, it was 31 below zero when they deplaned onto
the northern reaches of Russia. However, Dr. Kania said the Russians
received their old friends warmly.
"It got up
to minus two degrees while we were there," he said. "The Russians
are great hosts and very eager to learn all they can about the United
(right) receives flowers from Elena Fedatova on International Women's
Day. Fedatova visited UNCP and Scotland County last year as part
of the PIE exchange.
Zakarova (right) and Dr. Kania
at memorial to Tomsk State students
who died in WW II.
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