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Early Childhood Education Students Travel to England for Study Abroad Trip
Bearcats spotted in England!
Ten Early Childhood Education students traveled over the pond for thirteen days in May to learn about preschool educational opportunities in England, called nursery school, as compared to the student’s experiences with preschool education in the Cincinnati area. The trip focused on project approach to philosophy, forest schools, developmentally appropriate practice, and sustainability of resources.
The group was able to stop by the Marwell Zoo where the Kids Love Nature Nursery is housed. They visited a nursery school where children flowed freely between the inside and outside of the classroom all day long. The young students were allowed to make many choices throughout their day that preschoolers in the United States cannot. Since this school is a part of the zoo, the children spend one day a week inside of the zoo!
The study abroad wasn’t all work and no play. Students were able to visit historically rich places such as London, Stonehenge, and Brighton, for the annual Brighton Festival. They also took in the sights of the Arundel Castle which was founded in 1067 and is what the current Duke and Duchess of Norfolk use as their residence.
Kathleen Bryan, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, summed up the trip by saying, “It has been a great week not only getting to know England, but time for reflecting on what this experience means to each of us individually.”