Ongoing observation based research by Deakin University

Jessica Walton will be conducting ongoing observation based research on the Chelsea PS partnership over a two year period.  We will be very interested to see how the understanding of cultures can affect students’ everyday lives and their attitudes towards other cultures.

Formal research is a great way to evaluate our work in this project so I was excited to hear about Chelsea’s involvement.  Jessica writes: “The project is not an evaluation as such and is more about how the children at both schools experience the program/intercultural interactions and how this relates to their everyday lives inside and outside school. “

This project aims to understand how children in Australia and South Korea navigate racial, ethnic and cultural difference through everyday interactions and experiences as part of an international school partnership.International education aims to prepare students to be active global citizens. However, there is limited knowledge about how students navigate and negotiate these differences and the extent to which such programs encourage positive intercultural contact in their everyday lives. Given worldwide reports of racism and ethnic and cultural intolerance, the intended outcome of this research is to provide robust empirical evidence that advances theories of intercultural relations and informs global citizenship policy and practice.

Jessica Walton Profile CCG BC Building Burwood Arts Ed

Jessica Walton Profile CCG BC Building Burwood Arts Ed

More new schools joining!

So many more schools in Victoria expressing interest in the project! I will have a busy time in the Republic of Korea drumming up the biggest list I can with Professor Ku during the holidays.

This morning I assisted Laura, Leading Teacher at The Lakes South Morang P-9 School north of Melbourne.  Laura was on a Mac and noticed a button that lets you connect an ipad through ZOOM.  See the images below.

laura the lakes south P-9 2 Laura the Lakes south

More new teacher training

We welcome Hailey the new teacher at Yuille Park PS.  Hailey is a Korean teacher with an Australian accent!  She is enjoying the challenges of teaching and we look forward to her contributions working with her partnership school in Korea. While some of the Victorian schools in the project teacher a Korean program it is not an essential part for involvement in this project.  Korean students learn English from a young age and they welcome the opportunity to practice with native speakers.


Congratulations to Scarlett on her new job in Education

Scarlett is now working at Mount Clear College Earth Ed Science Centre in Ballarat.   She continues to support the Global LYNCs project and we look forward to the first newsletter for 2016.  Her Korean language skills have been very useful as the school had a group of 30 Korean students visit this term.  Mount Clear College hopes to attract more International students from Korea to study in their senior years.

scarlett polycom

Learning Impact Awards … here we come!

I am very excited to confirm I have been given permission by DET to attend the Awards in Texas in May and represent the Global LYNCs Project which is a Finalist this year. (We are also hopeful that Professor Ku may be able to attend to co-present)  In preparation for the judging I am preparing a 4 minute movie (by March 20th – should be fun as it has been about 7 years since I used Moviemaker in my classes! ), a five minute presentation, materials for a promotional stall and I need to be ready for five minutes of questions from the judges.

If you have anything you think might be useful please feel free to send it through to me.   I have asked a number of participating teachers from last year to contribute short film footage of their reflections.