Linking Research and Training in Internationalization of Teacher Education with the PEERS Program: Issues, Case Studies and Perspectives
Edited By Jean-Luc Gilles
The PEERS program proposes international exchanges adapted to the context of teacher training institutions wishing to take advantage of internationalization in order to link training, research, and practice. PEERS is based on the completion of Research and Innovation (R&I) projects during the academic year, during which international groups of professors and students from teacher training partner institutions collaborate remotely as well as during two placements of one week. For the students, the PEERS program aims to develop competencies in distance collaboration with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the management of intercultural groups, and the continuous improvement of their activities through reflective thinking and the spirit of research. For the professors the PEERS program aims to better link research and training, to reinforce their skills in the management of international research projects and to foster opportunities for international publications.
The aim of this collective book is to give an overview of the Issues, case studies and perspectives of the PEERS program. The first section entitled "Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges for the Internationalization of Teacher Training in a Globalized, Multicultural, and Connected World", focuses on the foundations and general features of PEERS projects, as well as the context of globalization in the intercultural and connected world in which it is situated.
The second section, "Case Studies and Lessons Learned from the PEERS Project in Southern Countries" constitutes a series of chapters presenting case studies on PEERS projects focused on innovation and cooperation in the developing world. The third section, "Results of Research-Oriented PEERS Projects," considers the results from PEERS projects that have enabled the implementation of theoretical and practical educational research, generally taking the form of small-case research studies or innovations in the design of teaching units. Finally, in the conclusion we propose to present the key points of the three sections that make up this book "Linking Research and Training in Internationalization of Teacher Education with the PEERS Program: Issues, Case Studies and Perspectives".
Chapter 6: Conservation of Native Biodiversity (Polylepis and Compsospiza) and Improving the Quality of Life in two Andean Communities of Bolivia (Emilio Aliss / Rebecca Hsieh / Rachel Silva / David Morimoto / Jean-Luc Gilles)
Emilio Aliss*, Rebecca Hsieh**, Rachel Silva**, David Morimoto** and Jean-Luc Gilles***
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* Simón I. Patiño University, Cochabamba, Bolivia** Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA
*** University of Teacher Education, State of Vaud, Switzerland
Chapter 6: Conservation of Native Biodiversity (Polylepis and Compsospiza) and Improving the Quality of Life in two Andean Communities of Bolivia
The University of Teacher Education (Switzerland), Simón I. Patiño University (Bolivia) and Lesley University (USA) conceived a multidisciplinary conservation project that joins faculty and students to serve three communities living in the Andean native quewiña (Polylepis) forest in the Cochabamba area, home of the endangered Mountain-Finch Compsospiza garleppi. In 2011 PEERS financed and installed 34 ecological stoves to reduce the use of Polylepis for fuel wood and developed a systematic education campaign to benefit about 40 families (half the population) in these communities. In 2013, a greenhouse for food and for Polylepis seedlings was designed and constructed, and education materials influenced by Freinet’s pedagogy, focusing on nutrition, science, culture and conservation were developed to expand the program in two of these communities, with the economic help of several institutions. Within the PEERS framework, the Swiss team developed cross-cultural and international education connections and joined local stakeholders in critical conservation efforts with Swiss and US global stakeholders in education.←107 | 108→
1.1 Main goal and objectives...
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