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International Education Special Interest Group

This is the official home page of the International Education Special Interest Group

The IE-SIG was formed in 2011. Its aim is to provide resources and information exchange to support educational activities related to culture and psychology. The SIG proposal is attached to this page as a PDF file.

The "kickoff" of the IE-SIG will be held at the 2012 Stellenbosch Congress in an invited symposium: "Introducing the International Education Special Interest Group: Innovation in the Teaching of Cross-Cultural Psychology" (see abstract, below)

Purpose of the SIG:

In the IACCP member survey conducted in 2009, we found that the primary occupational activity of most members of IACCP is university level education. However, IACCP has devoted few resources to meeting the needs of university teaching faculty outside of providing a list of syllabi and classroom activities on its website. IACCP possesses considerable international presence and resources, and its members have extensive international experience and cultural expertise that can be coordinated to create unique resources for university educators.

The SIG may choose to engage in some of the following activities:

  1. Advise the Association on resources needed to support and improve the teaching of cultural topics
  2. Provide a forum in which teaching ideas and experiences can be communicated
  3. Develop resources of its own, such as teachable cultural media, a master lectures series, and at the most ambitious, a film introducing the field
  4. Provide mentoring to young colleagues who are entering the field and will teach cultural courses
  5. Develop “best practices” guidelines for various types of courses and educational activities
  6. Organize joint teaching projects, such as international collaborative teaching, virtual colloquia or “webinars”
  7. Ensure that conference time is devoted to education as well as to research
  8. Explore methods for exchange of teaching resources, faculty, and students
  9. Provide a “home” within IACCP for members who identify more with education than research but are highly engaged by culture
  10. Attract new members to IACCP who might otherwise find it uninteresting due to its research emphasis and the dominance of high-profile researchers at its conferences

 

Abstract:
Introducing the International Education Special Interest Group: Innovation in the Teaching of Cross-Cultural Psychology

The International Education Special Interest Group (IE-SIG)is the first SIG to be formed following the adoption of the 2010 IACCP Constitution.  The IE-SIG will address a broad set of issues involving teaching and pedagogy in cross-cultural and cultural psychology, including sharing best practices, advising the Association on the needs of undergraduate and graduate level instructors, developing resources, facilitating collaborative teaching arrangements,  and providing a forum at conferences for members whose interests include or focus on teaching. This symposium will provide an overview of the IE-SIG activities and present several pedagogical innovations in this area.

Symposium papers:

Why do we need an International Education Special Interest Group?

William K. Gabrenya Jr., School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida USA

Intercultural studies: Identifying and utilizing relevant  texts, readings and resources

Leonie Elphinstone, Cultural Transitions, Brisbane Australia

Adapting a textbook: The lessons I learned

Saba Safdar, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Teaching cross-cultural psychology in a cross-cultural team via the Internet

Wenhua Yan, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

William K. Gabrenya Jr., School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida USA

Barbara Kożusznik, Institute of Psychology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

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