NAU IN NEW ZEALAND - MULTIAGE EDUCATION
Dr. Sandra Stone and Prof. Brian Stone
For the past 17 years, a major focus of Dr. Sandra Stone has been the study of, and the training of teachers in multiage education. She founded, and has directed the National Multiage Institute at NAU, as well as the Advanced Multiage Institute, which are both time-intensive training for practicing teachers during the summer months.
Although multiage education in the United States dates back to the one-room schoolhouse, it's modern-day form stems from the British Primary Schools and from the multiage schools in Australia and New Zealand. This study tour is designed to provide the oppoportunity for students and teachers to visit the roots of the modern-day multiage movement in education, particularly in the context of its' international cultural foundations and perspectives.
It is especially important for students to see multiage education in its purest form, since the educational system in the United Staes has been forced by the NCLB law to move away from innovative practice to a standards-and test-based format. Multiage education was once a valued choice for educators in the United States, but more and more school districts are moving away from such practices. There are a number of noted educators in the United States who are striving to revive this valuable practice--for the benefit of our nation's children.
This study tour is one effort to faciliate this revival. Students will have opportunities to read pertinent articles, book chapters, and engage in seminars for both ECI 650 and ECI 593 classes during and after the tour.
Travel to Waitomo Caves in Auckland to see the Archnocampa Luminose glow-worm, which is unique to New Zealand.
Travel to Rotorua, which is the hearland of the Maori culture. Participants will visit the Whakarewarewa Maori village and take part in a Maori experience consisting of a native Hangi dinner and cultural show. Participants will visit the Selwyn Primary School, an all-Maori school, and will be treated to a Maori cultural experience consisting of native songs and dances performed by the school student body.
Participants will fly to Queenstown in the south island to cruise on the Milford Sound, which is a world heritage area. A bus ride will pass through one of the world's highest altitude rain forest, where native flora and fauna are unique to this area, and are found nowhere else in the world. Participants will also observe miles of deer farms along the route.
Estimated Dates: July 24 - August 5, 2015
2.5 GPA or higher
Graduate Students will have first priority
18 years old or older
This tour is designed to offer Graduate credit for practicing teachers, or prospective teachers in multiage education. Graduate students may earn up to six (6) NAU credits.
Undergraduate and Graduate students may sign up for the tour for a minimum of one (1) NAU credit in SA 499- Contemporary Developments.
ECI 650 - Issues in Multiage Education - 3 credits (Dr. Sandra Stone) ECI 593 - Integrated Curriculum - 3 credits (Prof. Brian Stone) SA 499 - Contemporary Developments - 1 credit (for undergraduate Juniors or Seniors)
Shared double-occupancy - hotels
Auckland: Sky City Hotel
Rotorua- Sudima Hotel at Lake Rotorua
Queenstown- Rydes Lakeland Resort
PROGRAM FEE: Includes lodging, in-coutnry transportation, international health insurance, NAU tuition and fees.
Graduate students may elect to earn 1-6 credits. Undergraduate students may elect to earn 1 credit.
$5,771 - Six (6) credits
$5,258 - Three (3) credits
$4,916 - One (1) credit