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Presentation
My Year as a Visiting Scholar in the West Bank
12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
  • Claudia J. Dold, University of South Florida
Document Type
Poster Session
Publication Date
3-1-2018
Keywords
  • globalization,
  • education,
  • limitations,
  • advantages,
  • strengths,
  • experience,
  • eye-witness
Abstract

For two semesters in the academic year 2017-2018 I have had the privilege of working in the West Bank/Palestine as a Fulbright Scholar, with financial support from the US government and my home university in Florida. I have worked as a librarian at two universities: one is a Palestinian state university and the other is a private Catholic university.

Methodology: The goal of my work was to promote research and critical thinking, as vehicles to encourage university students to become mature individuals and citizens. As education reaches across borders and around the world, I present some observations and examples from my academic year in Palestine, and then draw conclusions from that experience. Examples range from light-hearted and humorous incidents to structural and cultural limitations on globalization of education.

Results:

  1. Education has to be personal to be successful. While the subject matter may be translated, learning is a solitary activity and represents an individual transformation.
  2. Person-to-person experience, or being an eye-witness, can reshape our attitudes and outlook.
  3. There is often more than one way to accomplish a task, and a different way from the one we always use may be just as efficient.
  4. Learning to function in a global society improves when one suspends judgments and examines the efficiency and efficacy of outcomes. Does the process work? Does the solution work? Which solution is best for the particular definition of the problem one wants to solve?
  5. Not all efforts are successful.
  6. A sense of humor is a valuable skill. It can transform a failed outcome into a positive learning experience, which is a success for the participants.

DOI
https://doi.org/10.21125/inted.2018.1284
Citation / Publisher Attribution

Poster presented at the 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) on March, 2018 in Valencia, Spain

Citation Information
Claudia J. Dold. "My Year as a Visiting Scholar in the West Bank" 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/claudia_dold/82/