Student teachers receive international exchange online2023-06-08
The International Project, the IPC project, enables student teachers to meet online to exchange experiences in an international perspective without having to study abroad during parts of their education. At the end of June, teacher education researchers from all over the world gather within the IPC project at Karlstad University for their annual conference.
Student mobility and studying abroad plays a marginal role in the individual experience of teacher students. Studies show that teacher students’ interest, volition, and motivation to gain international experience is lower compared to students enrolled into other study programs.
To make it easier for teacher students to meet students from other countries and exchange experiences, the International Project, the IPC project, has been created. The basic idea is to create the possibility of an internationalization@home, allowing student teachers to gain international experience without traveling, at low costs, by sharing and comparing experiences in an international context and learning and working together cross-culturally. By working on topics selected from the teacher training curriculum the students improve their expertise and develop awareness of cultural differences and communalities.
"It's wonderful to welcome university colleagues from 8 countries to Karlstad and to hear about their education-related research', says Valerie Margrain, professor of Educational Work at Karlstad University. 'Many have not been to Sweden before and we we will share some key aspects of Swedish culture including fika, tipspromenad, midsommar, and some of our own education research."
Interested in to attend the 8th IPC project Conference hosted by Teacher Education at Karlstad University? It is held Tuesday 20 June 2023. The venue is SJÖSTRÖM 1B 309 lecture theatre, Karlstad University.
There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required to ensure that we have sufficient snacks.
Registration link: https://sunet.artologik.net/kau/Survey/19383?
The “International Project (IPC)”, developed in 2008 at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, offers teacher students a chance for global and cross-cultural learning by taking advantage of the increasing availability of digital media. Student teachers at the participating universities collaborate online using varied learning platforms and digital tools. The IPC international network currently includes eight partner universities: Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Turkiet and USA. At the conference presentation day (20 June), representatives from all these countries will present differing aspects of relevance to education. Attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the day, which has been grouped into three sections: preschool education, school leadership, and technology in education.