College will host study abroad in Jamaica

AUGUSTA, GA. – The Augusta University College of Education will host a study abroad trip to Jamaica in April over Spring Break. Lead by Dr. Beth Pendergraft, professor of education, the program will focus on the Jamaican education system, and will give students an opportunity to travel, to immerse themselves in cultural and educational experiences and to earn course credit.

Click here to enjoy photos from last year’s study abroad trip.

Students in the class – EDTD 4950/6950: Jamaica and Education – will observe operations in K-12 schools and to become more knowledgeable about education practices and school cultures in Jamaica. Jamaican schools differ from schools in the United States in a number of important ways. For example, the Jamaican education system and administration were modeled after the British system. Recently, the educational system has been driven by the a desire to develop “homegrown” responses to economic, social and political pressures on the island and in the Caribbean region. Students will discover other unique cultural practices during the school visits.

Travelers will enjoy the excitement of St. Andrews, a parish of 555,828 residents just outside of the capital city of Kingston, and nestled in the famous Blue Mountains. The area is rich with dynamic culture, fascinating heritage and cuisine, and contains many attractions, historical sites and a rich musical tradition.

Only four percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad, which puts American students at a distinct disadvantage in an increasingly collaborative global economy.

For more information, contact Dr. Beth Pendergraft at bpendergraft@augusta.edu, or visit www.augusta.edu/studyabroad/jamaicaedu.php.

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