ARNA’s Newest Sponsor: Mongolia State University of Education
On May 24th ARNA leadership announced that Mongolian State University of Education (MSUE) has become the newest sponsoring partner. Dr. Candace Kaye, a member of the ARNA Coordinating Group and professor of education at New Mexico State University, brought the news to the May 22-24 ARNA conference at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Candace had just returned from a visit to MSUE, where she has been collaborating on the development of teacher research in Mongolian schools both in Ulaanbaatar, the only city in Mongolia, and in rural areas of Mongolia. ARNA and MSUE will now begin planning for collaborations in support of educator preparation and practitioner research. Beginning initiatives announced by professor Kaye will focus on the further development of early childhood education in Mongolia with the potential development of a lab school as an action research project, the infusion of practitioner research training in the preparation of educators, and the initiation of action research graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral level at MSUE. ARNA member Dr. Mina Kim, an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University, also will be involved in these initiatives.
Three videotaped greetings by members of the MSUE undergraduate action research club were shared at different times during the ARNA Conference. The club was recently established within MSUE’s School of Preschool Education, and the club’s Mongolian name translates into English as “The I Love Action Research Club.” ARNA loves such enthusiasm, and we look forward to the learning that can come with cross-cultural collaborations.
The photo to the right was taken earlier in May when Candace was with the students and their faculty sponsors during their two final meetings for the academic year. Each of the students will be conducting action research projects in their home geographical areas this summer [mostly in the countryside regions of Mongolia]. You can read about their projects in the ARNA Early Childhood Education Working Group site.