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Indiana University Cultural Immersion Projects Spread to Siberia, Outreach World
Prof. Emeritus Bob Arnove invited me to lunch last spring so that I could meet Elena Fedotova, a professor from Tomsk State Pedagogical University visiting on a research grant.
and her assistant, Vladimir Melnikov, planned and arranged a series of visits, meetings, and experiences for the six-day visit.
ATE 2006 Annual Meeting
Guest Lecturer: Elena E. Fedotova, Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk (Siberia), Russian Federation Moderators: Laura Stachowski, Indiana University; Janey Montgomery, University of Northern Iowa
...Dr. Fedotova is a Director of the International Information Center and a Professor of the Chair of General Pedagogy and Pyschology at Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Russian Federation.Her
research focuses on studying national education systems in comparative perspective.She has been a coordinator and participant of numerous international projects in education since 1989.
Elena's presentation will focus on the main trends in the system of Russian education, both secondary and higher, which has undergone significant change in the last 15 years.Among the topics she
will address are the challenges of Russian education under the process of globalization and integration with the world education community, the main direction of modernization of secondary education, restructuring of higher education under the requirements of the Bologna process.
"On the one hand, we are eager to go home because of our families and job opportunities," said Elena Fedotova, director of the International Information Center at Tomsk State Pedagogical University."They miss us and we miss them.But on the other hand, it will not be easy to say goodbye to our host families, to all the people who surrounded us and participated in our personal and professional careers." Fedotova
, stationed at the Scotland County Schools'
Central Office, added, "We will feel that something has changed inside us, because it was another step forward.These programs look into the future because it actually prepared us for life in a democratic, multicultural, global society." Fedotova
and three others from the visiting group gathered Monday in the Scotland High School library to sum up the events and experiences of the past five weeks in Scotland County
.Their mission was to learn more about the United States' instructional methods.
While the Russians took some time out for pleasure, their overall goal, said Fedotova
, was to study the United States' experiences in education "for democracy and citizenship, for education is part of it, with further adaptation of the American
experiences to Russian conditions.
"We are in the final stage of achieving and accomplishing our goals," Fedotova
said."We have collected and analyzed all the materials gained here for five weeks, plus one week in Washington, D.C.And now we have created our own program, which is called ‘Towards A Democratic School in Russia.'" She
added, "Inside this project, all our different topics we worked on are presented and closely integrated into the whole system, using the international and more-American experience."
"Of course, we all enjoyed the visit, the program which was constructed, taking into account all the different backgrounds."
said, "I would personally like to say thank you to Dr. Terry Franklin from the Central Office, my mentor.He
will also conduct the final workshop on Saturday, where the Russian project will be presented." She
said, "We will never be native English-speaking, but communication has been no problem.
"You always felt hospitality, support and desire to assist.That made all communication easy," Fedotova
added, "Everyone adjusted to the situation."
Elena Fedotova works at Tomsk State Pedagogical University, a teacher-training college.She said the Russians and Americans could learn from each other."We also have a long tradition of citizenship education," she said."But it is probably not as well organized or with as many materials.Still our approaches to education could be of interest."
said, "We are greatly impressed by the hospitality of our host families.Each host family is trying to do their best to show us a different culture."
"We have found here so many familiarities between our two nations," Fedotova
said."At first, the students didn't believe we were from Russia because they said, ‘You look like us.'"
hopes the relationships fostered while the group is here will continue with future exchanges."We have already received some proposals for future cooperations with UNC-P," she
said."Our goal is that this won't finish as a simple, though well-organized and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, trip.We hope the cooperation between Tomsk secondary schools and university and this particular high school and other schools in the school district will continue."