Creating Learning for Educated Citizens

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In this paper, I would like to share how I try to incorporate social issues in relation to citizenship and social responsibility in three different university courses: First Year Experience course, Perspective: Educational Philosophy and Planning, and Human Rights for Educated Citizen. In these courses, social issues and responsibility are researched and discussed from lifelong learning perspective. Among students interests, the issues are chosen to be learned and discussed. Topics often included are environment, human rights, corporation responsibility, and their connection in the context of educated person. In our college, the concept of educated person is critical when we discuss lifelong learning, not limited to formal education. As a citizen, how can we keep learning, and learning becomes part of life habit. The way these courses are developed based on our college educational value (to let students develop their own concept of what means to be educated person) in variety of learning environment (formal, vocational, adult, and community). As a college within the university, we believe that this style of teaching leads to the future of the university: its links to work, citizenship and identity.

Keywords: Educational value, Education for social justice, Experiential learning
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Megumi Yamasaki

Assistant Professor, Individualized & Interdisciplinary Studies, Metropolitan State University
St. Paul, MN, USA

I have been living in the U.S. since 1992. My interests in human rights, cultural issues and their relationship had developed from my struggle with them. I am working toward integration of cultural differences and achievement of common understanding of human rights, yet at the same time struggling with how I can personally develop such ability. As an immigrant in American society, how my identity as an immigrant and my children, as U.S. born, have been influenced and be able to co-exist among at least two cultures. To mirror my interests, my educational and career choices have been always studying about and working with immigrant and refugee students and their identity, education, and cultural issues. I am currently teaching Educational Philosophy and Planning and First-Year Experience course with human rights and cultural perspectives at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.

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