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EdTech forms Taiwan partnership
to offer students dual degrees
E ducational technology students
will soon have the unique ability
to earn master’s degrees from
professional development for many
Students enrolled in the dual
universities in two countries at the degree program will spend a year
same time at a significantly reduced studying in Taiwan and a year with
cost. Boise State.
The dual-degree program is the Taiwan students earn a master’s
result of a partnership between Boise degree in technology development
State and the National University of communication from NUTN. They
Tainan (NUTN) in Taiwan. Courses also earn a master’s degree in educa- The National University of Tainan
is located in southern Taiwan. It is
will be offered through Boise tional technology from Boise State.
a major national trainer of teachers
State’s Department of Educational EdTech’s graduate students
and has about 10,000 students. The
Technology (EdTech) and NUTN’s can take NUTN courses as electives
College of Education is the largest
Department of Education, Technology or complete a master’s degree in
college at the university and offers
Development and Communication. curriculum and instruction or in tech- five undergraduate, nine masters’ and
“NUTN is a leading university nology development communication two doctoral programs.
in mobile learning,” said Jui-Long at NUTN. They also earn a master’s
“Andy” Hung, an assistant professor of degree from Boise State. International study
EdTech and the driving force behind The requirements for both adds value to degree
the partnership. “This collaboration degrees are similar, 33 credits for the ™ Students receive international
can benefit students and faculty at Boise State degree and 32 credits for exposure. They live and study
both programs.” the NUTN degree. The programs have in a different culture and
EdTech is one of the largest 15 credits in common, so students education system.
university-based providers of can apply those credits to both sets ™ Students link to international
training for K-12 online teachers of degree requirements. networks of contacts and
in the United States and provides –continued on page 3 colleagues.
™ Students can explore potential
Advisory Council Profile ™ Students earn two degrees
faster and at less cost than
Beverly Hills Principal pursuing two degrees in
offers lessons on leadership ™ Students can tailor their
education path in order to
EDITOR’S NOTE: College of Education Advisory Council
add value to their degree and
member F. Willard “Robbie” Robinson worked in public education
reach career goals.
for 30 years as a teacher and secondary school administrator.
He served as principal of Beverly Hills High School in Beverly
Hills, California, for 17 years. There he directed the creation of
an educational program that received national recognition for
excellence. He also aided improvement of education nation-
ally by serving as one of the directors on the College Entrance
Examination Board and chairing numerous accreditation teams
for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Idaho high school principals who have had to deal with
student protests this year can find solace and support from
F. Willard Robinson’s book, Beverly Hills Principal, Inspirational Leadership.
Robinson led Beverly Hills High School through the turbulent years of the
1960s and ‘70s. Robinson’s book is the story of his professional and spiritual
crisis as he faced student revolts and their demands for control of the school.
It is also the story of his conflicts with the school board over his leadership
Sculpture on the campus of the
through the turmoil.
National University of Tainan
From the Dean’s Desk Beverly Hills Principal continued
“The drama of the demonstrations was big because so many of the
College’s programs parents of our students were in the movie business,” Robinson said. His
connect students students included such future show business personalities as Richard
Dreyfus, Bonnie Franklin, Rob Reiner and Shaun Cassidy.
with the world There was also more drama because college students at the University
Boise State and the of California, Los Angeles, aided rebels at
Beverly High. “The student union at UCLA “Then the winds of
College of Education change swept across campus
primarily serve students planned to take over the school,” Robinson
said. “’Control Beverly,’ they said, ‘and we can and I slipped from an apparent
from Idaho and the
Northwest. But we control any high school in the state.’” life of total self-control to
perform on a global School board members and others a dismal, disturbing world
stage. Even if our gradu- demanded that Robinson bring Beverly of self-doubt . . . My style of
ates never roam far from High students under control or face the loss leadership was being seriously
this region, they are of his principal post. Robinson had reached challenged and my position
increasingly connected a low point in his life that also brought on a as principal was in immediate
through the Internet and personal spiritual crisis. danger.”
electronic devices to Through the support of his wife Joan --F. Willard Robinson in
other parts of the world and friends, Robinson undertook a deeper Beverly Hills Principal
at their schools, offices, markets, and homes. commitment to his Christian faith. With it
Providing our students an international perspec- “came fresh and more flexible approaches to a creative leadership style,”
tive is an important educational priority. The college
he wrote in Beverly Hills Principal. Robinson credits this new style with
continues to expand its global footprint and has
allowing him to overcome the challenges with the school board and build
been strengthening its international educational
stronger relationships with Beverly High’s faculty, students and parents.
relations with Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and
other countries. This leadership provides students Even as he dealt with turmoil at Beverly High, Robinson introduced
with opportunities that can’t be matched anywhere new programs and improved the educational structure of the school. “We
else. piloted the first advance placement program in America,” he said. Other
The stories in this newsletter showcase some innovations included team teaching, independent study and community
of our international programs as part of a dynamic work programs.
metropolitan research university of distinction. Robinson offered some advice to current principals. “Identify the gifts
Among its goals, the college seeks to: of others and affirm them along the way,” he said. “Remember that you are
• Advance academic excellence through a course building a team.”
of study that extends to other parts of the world.
• Increase the faculty’s international expertise in
order to advance students’ ability to succeed on
Book recalls adventurous life
a global stage. in peace and war
• Promote exceptional research through inter- During World War II, Lt. F. Willard Robinson piloted
national scholarship, creative activities and a torpedo bomber aircraft. His missions engaged him
in epic Pacific air battles as the Allies island-hopped
• Enhance diversity on campus by increasing the
toward retaking the Philippines. One event nearly took
enrollment of international students.
• Foster public engagement by reaching out to
the community on international topics and In late January 1944, Robinson and his two-man air crew were
by tapping into international expertise in the returning to the U.S.S. Manila Bay from a mostly routine flight when
community. their torpedo bomber went out of control and crashed into the sea.
The stories on these pages illustrate how the The crash and explosions from the plane’s bomb load killed the two
college’s outstanding faculty members, students and crewmen instantly and blasted Robinson from the aircraft.
graduates are achieving these goals. The result is a “I saw the plane explode four times,” Robinson said.
culture of constant innovation and leadership that U.S.S. Caldwell crew members tossed Robinson a life preserver. As
positively impacts people’s lives, not just in Idaho, he tightly hugged the preserver, the suction from
but across the nation and around the world. the ship’s propellers nearly pulled him to his death.
In this newsletter you also can read about F. Plucked from the ocean, Robinson was alive but
Willard “Robbie” Robinson’s amazing story as both his left foot nearly had been torn off. He also had
a Navy aviator and as a principal. As a principal, shrapnel at the base of his spine and suffered count-
Robinson guided Beverley Hills High School during less jagged wounds and blast injuries.
the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. You will discover why The story of Robinson’s crash is one small part
we value his advice on the college’s Advisory Council in his engaging book, Navy Wings of Gold. The book
as an educational leader and innovator. As educators also chronicles Robinson’s life as an adventurous
and Americans living and working in freedom, we
youth before the war, his training as a pilot and his role in the war from
owe Robinson and other members of his generation
the cockpit of Navy war birds. The book also tells the stories of seven
a deep debt of gratitude.
other men Robinson met in the Navy. Joan, Robinson’s wife of 68 years,
Diane Boothe, Professor and Dean
College of Education wrote the final chapter on her reflections as a Navy pilot’s bride.
Counselor education students equip refugees to care for selves
Boise State counselor education students are helping refugee meals at the
families find a sound footing in the Treasure Valley. They do so by refugee family’s
equipping refugees with the skills needed to find jobs and care for home. Students
themselves in their new communities. also traveled by
The students coach refugees as a service learning project of bus with their
their career guidance and vocational counseling course. The project families to show
allows students to gain practical knowledge and also perform a them how to get
valuable community service. to the grocery
“Our counselor students benefit from a profound learning store, park and
experience when given the chance to connect what we teach in the library.
classroom with what they see in real life,” said Aida Hutz, assistant “At the end of
professor in the Department of Counselor Education. “Students the semester most
gain invaluable experience that could not have been attained in a students reported Student David Horras, right, talks with a refuee from
traditional classroom setting.” amazement at
Students gained the trust of refugees with activities not their ability to overcome language barriers and make a significant
usually a part of a counselor’s tool box. For example, they shared connection with their families,” Hutz said.
Project advances literacy in Ecuador communities
Faculty members and graduates of the Department of Literacy Mary Ann Cahill, assistant professor in the Literacy department
have extended an international helping hand to provide books, a and vice president of the Idaho Council, noted that “The Rotarians
mobile library and better prepared teachers to children in Ecuador. of Ecuador constructed a colorful mobile library from a donated
They were able to do so through a joint project of the Idaho trailer. The library is currently circulating among the schools of
Council of the International Reading Association and International Santa Marta.”
Rotary Clubs in Ecuador, Canada, California In Bahia de Caraquez, most teachers did
and Idaho. The project focused on the not know how to use new computers they had
communities of Santa Marta and Bahia de just received through Rotary International.
Caraquez. Bev Pressman, a 1999 Literacy graduate
“Our literacy project motivates students who chairs the Idaho Council’s international
to stay in school,” said Lee Dubert, associate project, and her colleagues showed them.
professor in the Literacy department. “It “We were able to show teachers how to use
also provides effective teaching tools and the computers to write stories,” Pressman
motivates teachers.” Dubert is membership said. Although the computers were not
director of the Idaho Council. connected to the Internet, “We were able to
“My undergraduate students worked show the teachers how to download books
with Spanish translators to write teaching and other reading instructional materials
tips for each children’s book,” said Maggie Ecuador students page through new books. online when they do have Internet access,”
Chase, associate professor in the Literacy department. Chase, who she said.
is also president-elect of the Idaho Council, said “The tips had to Boise State’s literacy experts, the Idaho Council and Rotary are
be something teachers or parents could easily do. Our tips included now expanding their volunteer efforts into neighboring Peru. If you
things such as singing songs, word play or even drawing in the dirt would like to help or would like more information about the Peru
with a stick.” literacy projects, contact Pressman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EdTech forms Taiwan partnership continued will provide visiting Taiwanese students regular activities such
This means that a student needs to as field trips so that they get a chance to experience American
complete 50 credits instead of 65 credits to culture,” Hung said. U.S. students in Taiwan will have similar
obtain both degrees. In addition to the benefit activities.
of receiving two master’s degrees, Boise State “This partnership offers students and faculty from two
students will receive free housing and have outstanding universities a chance to connect and to enrich their
the possibility of a graduate assistantship lives, professions and programs,” Hung said.
during the year at NUTN. These arrangements
greatly reduce the cost of earning the two For more information about the EdTech
degrees. dual degree program contact:
All courses are in English. But students Jui-Long “Andy” Hung Jui-Long “Andy” Hung, assistant professor
who study at NUTN can take additional
language training in Mandarin. Technology requirements for
online learning are provided on a dual-degree website that Hung Jerry Foster, program admissions coordinator
is creating. 208-426-1966, email@example.com
Both sets of students do more than just go to class. “EdTech
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION NEWS 3
Alumni in the News
1970s degree in superintendency and special AARON DEAN MCKINNON, bachelor’s
education directorship through Northwest degree in earth science education, ’96;
RONALD K. HILL, master’s degree in
Nazarene University. In 2009, she became master’s degree in curriculum and instruc-
elementary education, ’74, retired after a
the director of federal programs for tion, ’02, was honored with a $25,000
24-year run as principal and superinten-
the Mountain View School District in Milken Educator Award in 2009. The
dent in the Kootenai School District. Now
Grangeville, Idaho. Milken Family Foundation presents these
living in St. Maries, he started his teaching
career in Council, where he also served as ANN KEPPLER, National Educator Awards each year.
head basketball coach, assistant football physical education, ’85, McKinnon lives in Boise and teachers
coach, track coach and bus driver. was featured in the fall at South Junior High School. McKinnon
2010 Focus on Boise appears in the College of Education video,
JACQUE SCOT T, elementary education,
State alumni magazine. “Innovators. Educators. Leaders.” available
’74, has retired to Caldwell after teaching
She is retired in Seattle, on the college’s website (http://education.
26 years in the Vallivue School District.
does a little substitute boisestate.edu).
She began her career in the Magic Valley.
teaching and is back
EILEEN BEAT TY,
1980s at school working on
WENDY FRENCH, a degree in horticulture to augment the
’98, earned National
elementary education garden design company she started.
Board Certification in
and special educa-
1990s 2010. National Board
tion, ’82, completed
a master’s in school at the downtown Boise YMCA, and a student did more than
JOHN BROOMHEAD, Certification recognizes
encourage her to take her skills to the next level.
administration and athletic training, effective and accom-
supervision from the ’90, take everything.”
says. “I wanted toaccepted
plished teachers who
University of Phoenix, In addition commandaof the job and a heavy course
to maintaining work-study
meet high standards
Idaho, in January based
11th laps with history professor Pat Bieter in on what teachers should know and
load, Keppler swamTransportation
the campus pool every morning. But it was another venerable
2009. The University Battalion at Fort Story,
Basque professor who changed her life.
be able to do. Beatty teaches 4th grade
of Phoenix and Idaho Business Review Broomhead at North Star Public Charter School in the
Va. Lt. Col. State was Education of the Excep-
“My very last class at Boise
presented her the Woman of the Year previously was Meridian School District. At Eagle Hills
tional School Child with John Beitia,” says Keppler. “I had
worked with special needs students through work-study, but to
scholarship award. French is currently stationed in — I suddenly knew it was what I
do that every day as a teacher
Colorado Elementary School, she was selected as the
working toward an education specialist Springs,
wanted to do forever.” Colo. school’s Teacher of the Year in 2003.
special education. Over the next 20 years she wove her passion
for it with her love of physical education, teaching adaptive PE
in Florida and coaching Special Olympians.
“There was only one good teaching job in Miami, and I had
it,” she says. “Special needs students are the total example of
unconditional love. They live in the now and love whatever you
Scholarship fund honors memory
do for them. What could be more rewarding?”
Three decades after enrolling as a Boise State freshman,
of school counselor Angela Hoops
Keppler is retired in Seattle. She does a little substitute
teaching for fun and is back at school herself, this time for a
degree in horticulture to augment the garden design company
A new $10,000 counseling scholarship
she recently started. fund in the College of
Keppler insists that at whatever memory of Angela
Education honors the age, students need to be openHoops, a counselor at Buhl High
School in Buhl, Idaho, at the time of her death in 2009. She also had
to the unexpected.
a counselor at Vallivue High
served as explore,” she says. “Discover something that School in Caldwell, Idaho.
really gets you going.”
Marge Hoops, a retired probation officer from Twin Falls, Idaho,
created the fund in memory of her daughter. She wanted to help ensure
that the College of Education continued to train caring and compassionate
professionals such as Angela.
A scholarship fund and a memorial courtyard at Buhl High School also
honor Angela Hoops’ legacy.
Moreover, Marge Hoops created a $10,000 scholarship fund in the
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy for students majoring in
criminal justice. In her 35-year career in the Magic Valley juvenile justice
system, she was credited with turning around the lives of hundreds of
As an added generous commitment, Marge Hoops has made the two
Boise State funds the beneficiary of her retirement fund. In doing so, the
endowments will be significantly increased, providing additional scholar-
ship awards to deserving students in the two colleges.
Marge Hoops (seated) created scholarships in her
daughter Angela’s name.
4 COLLEGE OF EDUCATION NEWS
2000s JANICE STEVENOR DALE, educational remembered
technology, ’06, is an interior designer Curtis Hayes,
TODD SCHWARZ, ,’02, and president of Janice Stevenor Dale 73, former depart-
educational tech- + Associates Inc. The firm specializes in ment chair and
nology, ’02, completed corporate interior design with offices in Los faculty member in the
a Ph.D. in education Angeles, Chicago, and Boise. College of Education,
from University of died of complica-
Idaho. In 2007, he was ROBYNN CRAWFORD, elementary educa-
tion, ’05, has been named Mountain Home tions from pneumonia
appointed instructional on Feb. 6. Hayes
dean at the College of School District’s top educator. She teaches
second grade at East Elementary School. served as chair of the
Southern Idaho, where Department of Elementary Education and
he has worked since 1988. Schwarz is JASON ROEBER, physical education, ’07, Specialized Studies from 1995 to 1997.
involved in campus initiatives related to was appointed to the City Council of Idaho He was a member of the faculty until
instructional technology and professional City. He teaches high school health, phys- retirement in 2000. He was a specialist in
technical education. One of his administra- ical education, weight lifting and outdoor linguistics and literacy.
tive responsibilities is for CSI Education recreation in Idaho City. During his tenure, Hayes initiated the
Department. College of Education’s move to a field-
CHRISTINA THRASHER WOMBACHER, based program, played a significant role in
We want to hear from you. Please send starting the most successful charter school
‘02, physical educa-
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us updates about your career and your in Idaho, ANSER Public Charter School,
women’s basketball achievements and we will include them worked in the Boise Public Schools and
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her husband Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is survived by his wife, Marialice, a
Wombacher have two retired school teacher of 30 years, a son,
children Ella, 4, and Grace, 2. Michael, an attorney in Texas, a daughter,
Katie, who also is a teacher in Texas, and
Awards to recognize outstanding teachers who mentor
Boise State University is who mentor for the awards.
rolling out a new program called Educators, school administrators, university supervisors,
Celebration of Teaching—Mentors students and pre-service teachers from the more than 50 public
of the Year Awards to recognize school districts in southwest Idaho may nominate one or more
excellent teachers in southwest teachers for a Mentor of the Year Award.
Idaho public schools. The awards To make a nomination, please submit:
program will honor teachers who · A completed nomination form
guide, support and encourage · A nomination narrative explaining how the teacher
fellow educators in their pursuit serves as an outstanding mentor.
of effective teaching and profes- · A letter in support of the nomination from a
sional growth. superintendent, principal, administrator, colleague,
Teachers selected for the pre-service teacher, parent or student.
awards will be honored at a Nominations will be accepted from May 2 to June 17. Send nomi-
Sept. 8 Celebration of Teaching nations to:
dinner and awards ceremony Mentor Awards Committee
Barbara Morgan at Boise State. Celebration of Teaching
“By bringing mentors College of Education
together, we will highlight their quality teaching practices, Boise State University
mentoring skills, and abilities to build positive relationships and 1910 University Drive, Mail Stop 1700
provide encouragement,” said Barbara Morgan, Distinguished Boise, Idaho 83725
Educator in Residence at Boise State. For a list of eligible school districts, nomination forms,
The awards program is a joint project of Boise State, the nomination criteria and other information, please visit
Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho Education Association http://education.boisestate.edu/celebrationofteaching.
and Meridian School District. A distinguished panel of area educa- You may also request nomination forms the Boise State College
tors and Boise State representatives will select up to 25 teachers of Education by phone at 208-426-4857 or 208-426-1611.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION NEWS 5
Summer Literacy course to explore Korean culture
Boise State’s partnership with Chonbuk deposit of $200 is required by June 1 in
National University in Korea has opened order to reserve a place in the course.
opportunities for educators to learn and For more information, contact Steiner
work in the Land of the Morning Calm. at 208-426-3962 or stansteiner@boises-
A Literacy course this summer, for tate.edu.
example, takes participants to Korea to
explore its culture through interactive Partnership boosts
“This unique opportunity immerses
participants into Korean culture through Benefits from Boise State’s partner-
the arts, historical site visits, museums, ship with Chonbuk National University
community festivals, food, and kind people,” include:
said Stan Steiner, chair of the Department
of Literacy. • Sharing scholarship.
Steiner and faculty members at • Placing teachers of English as a
Chonbuk teach the course. Chonbuk is
second language in Korea.
located in the heart of Jeonju, a city about
2½ hours south of Seoul. Jeonju is famous • Enrolling Korean graduate and
for its cooking, festivals, historic structures, undergraduate students at Boise
and sports. This is the fourth year for the State.
summer course. • Exchanging professors.
Course activities include Korean • Presenting guest speakers and
cooking, taekwondo, calligraphy, paper Geumsana temple workshops in Korea and by video
craft, traditional wedding ceremony,
pottery, jungu drumming and much more. undergraduate or graduate students, conferences.
Participants also have free time to explore faculty, alumni and others interested in • Deploying the first international
the beauty of Jeonju and the surrounding the course. But enrollment is limited to student teacher to Korea (see
area. the first 20 people. Participants leave the additional story below).
Enrollment is open to Boise State United States June 25 and return July 9. A
DeShazo blazes international student teaching trail in Seoul
Boise State senior Kip DeShazo is The professional trail DeShazo is beyond the borders of Idaho,” said Stan
blazing a trail as the College of Education’s marking may eventually point the way for Steiner, chair of the Department of Literacy.
first international student teacher. An other teacher candidates to follow. But the “Kip approached me with the idea of
elementary education major, DeShazo Oregon native’s own path to the classroom student teaching in Seoul, and of course,
is teaching 6th grade math at the Seoul was not a direct one. I thought it was a good idea.”
International School in Korea. “I had worked in Asia for 25 years in The Seoul International School
the hotel industry, a number of those years provides a challenging U.S. curriculum to
in Korea,” DeShazo said. meet the primary and secondary educa-
DeShazo moved his family to Boise in tional needs of international students
2002 so his daughter could attend high living in Seoul. Steiner observes DeShazo’s
school in the United States. He went to classroom using Internet video conference
work for Micron while his wife taught at connections.
Les Bois Junior High. “That is real exciting for everyone,
“When the market downturn hit including the kids in my classes,” DeShazo
Micron, my daughter had just graduated said.
from the U.S. Air Force Academy,” DeShazo “The only problems so far have been
said. “So my wife and I decided to venture the differences in time zones,” Steiner said.
out again.” “I do the video supervision in the evenings
Rather than return to the hotel busi- in Boise, while Kip is just starting the
ness, DeShazo decided he wanted to teach. school day.”
“Embarking on this new career and adven- DeShazo’s initiative has also resulted
ture seemed like a good fit for me, and this in a job offer. “After I receive my degree
was a great opportunity,” he said. this spring, the Seoul school has asked me
“I feel strongly about Boise State to return to teach 7th grade math here in
Kip DeShazo students getting opportunities to teach the fall.”
6 COLLEGE OF EDUCATION NEWS
Schools and communities in Belize Bahruth influences
subject of summer field study Taiwan education
Schools and their relationships to communities
in Belize, one of Central America’s most culturally
and linguistically diverse countries, is the subject of Faculty members from
a new Boise State field study this summer. Boise State’s College of
The College of Education’s Center for School Education often have a
Improvement and Policy Studies (CSIPS) is chance to influence the
conducting the field study from June 4 to June 15. art of teaching in other
Participants will visit local schools and meet countries by working with
with teachers and principals about how schools colleagues on the other side
and the curriculum reflect and respond to their of the globe.
communities. It is this reasoning
For half of the 10 day trip, participants will that brought Roberto Roberto Bahruth
visit an elementary school and meet with commu- Bahruth to Taiwan in 1998
nity members in the inland village of Bullet Tree at the invitation of Sun Yat-sen University in
Falls. Here they will also get to climb the Mayan Kaohsiung. Since then, Bahruth, chair of Boise
temples of Caracol and explore the famous Mayan Belize students hold a State’s Department of Bilingual Education and
parade. English as a Second Language, has worked with
cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal.
In the second half of the trip, participants will learn about a high school on seven different universities in Taiwan on projects
Caye Caulker. Participants will study the school’s teaching philosophy and how dealing with language mastery, theory and envi-
teachers integrate issues of tourism and conservation into the curriculum. In ronmental issues.
conjunction with this focus, participants will set sail to explore and snorkel along “I don’t believe in just teaching a language,”
the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Bahruth said. “People use language as a tool to
The deadline for applications is April 30. Late applicants will be accepted if communicate things that are meaningful. I look at
there is space. the environment and human relations.”
For more information on the trip and costs, visit http://csi.boisestate. Bahruth has worked with officials from
edu/belize, or to register contact Diana Esbensen, CSIPS business manager, at Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, as well as with
email@example.com, or Bevin Etheridge, graduate assistant and field study university faculty, to develop a meaningful and
co-coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. environmentally based curriculum for teaching
English as a second language. A recent project
Reviewing Malaysian dissertation focused on the conservation of green sea turtles,
an endangered species that nests in the islands
provides cultural insights around Taiwan.
As the College of Education earns an international His Taiwanese partners contacted him
reputation for innovation and leadership, its faculty members because they were intrigued by his language
are sought out by educators in other countries for their pedagogy. Bahruth’s communicative approach
expertise. differs from the general Chinese model based
Such has been the case with Jack Hourcade, a professor heavily on memorization and rote learning of
in the Department of Special Education and Early Childhood grammar. Bahruth asks his students to look at the
Studies. He served as an external reviewer for a doctoral big picture, and often has them work in coopera-
dissertation in early childhood special education at the tive groups—a new concept for many participants.
request of the University of Malaysia. “In Taiwan, critical educators call the system
As a result of this service, Hourcade gained new insights Jack Hourcade
of education duckling stuffing,” Bahruth said.
into different cultural attitudes about children. “I was “It’s very much a banking system of education,
reminded that I, and probably most others, carry cultural expectations that are not good for passing standardized tests, but not for
universal,” Hourcade said. “This includes expectations about the proper manage- measuring communicative competence.”
ment of children with behavioral issues, and the nature of basic relationships Because of his travels and background in
between teachers, students and parents.” anthropological linguistics, Bahruth is able to
For example, the doctoral student Hourcade reviewed was investigating share valuable insights with his Boise State
the quality of early intervention programs for young children with disabilities. It students. These insights include valuable obser-
became apparent that for this scholar an orderly and teacher-directed classroom vations of the cultural influences on human
was the primary goal for such programs. communication that reflect wisdom.
“But many professionals in the United States and Western Europe would “In every class I teach,” Bahruth said, “I
instead argue that children develop better skills in thinking and solving problems explain that the Chinese symbol for the verb
when they have to make more decisions and operate more autonomously,” he said. ‘to listen’ is a composite of four symbols repre-
“I think this has made me more sensitive to interacting with my students, senting the eyes, the ears, the mind and the heart.
some of whom come from backgrounds different from my own,” Hourcade said. “As I explain to my students that our discussion
a result of my work with my Malaysian colleague I am in a better position to help groups and cultural circles require the complete
my students understand the potential impact of culture on communication with attention of every student while any one student
parents and children from backgrounds other than their own.” is speaking.”
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with Idaho Women’s Challenge
208-426-3399 Spectators at women’s cycling events at the in Britain and women’s racing worldwide are
email@example.com 2012 Olympic Games in London may not know evident by virtue of the numerous honors she
Associate Dean of Teacher Education it, but women were not allowed to compete has received,” Lucas said. “The women cyclists
& Accreditation until 1984. Men’s cycling had been part of the who will be competing in the 2012 Olympics are
KEN COLL Olympics since the modern games resumed in able to do so because of pioneers like Gray.”
Telling the story of women cyclists’ successful
Bilingual Education struggle to be accepted by international sport Pedaling into
Chair: ROBERTO BAHRUTH
governing bodies has been a passion of Shelley
Lucas, associate professor in the Department of
Kinesiology. Visitors to the 2012
Counselor Education Her interest in women’s international bicycle
Interim Chair: DIANA DOUMAS Olympic Games may get
racing history began not with the Olympics, but a chance to learn much
DianaDoumas@boisestate.edu with a race much closer to Boise State. more about women’s
“I began by looking into the history of the struggle to compete in
Curriculum, Instruction &
Women’s Challenge, an international cycling Shelly Lucas
Foundational Studies world cycling champion-
Chair: JENNIFER SNOW stage race that took place in Idaho from 1984-
ships, thanks to Shelly Lucas, associate
208-426-2260 2002,” Lucas said. “The race brought the world to
professor in the Department of Kinesiology.
firstname.lastname@example.org Idaho, attracting elite athletes from 29 countries.”
She is writing an article on women’s
Educational Technology She discovered that she needed to learn
more about women’s racing history in order to cycling history for possible publication by
Chair: LISA DAWLEY
208-426-5430 understand the significance of the Idaho race. Sport in History. The British journal will
email@example.com “I soon learned that this topic has not received issue a special edition on Great Britain
much attention by historians,” Lucas said. and the Olympics during the London
Chair: RON PFEIFFER In Lausanne, Switzerland, Lucas dug into the summer games.
208-426-1791 archives of the International Olympic Committee, Lucas has already presented her
firstname.lastname@example.org the Union Cycliste Internationale and working research to regional and national scholarly
Literacy groups for women’s sports. Lucas also poured gatherings. Her article “Women’s Cycle
Chair: STAN STEINER over old cycling rule books, program planning Racing: Enduring Meanings” will appear
208-426-3962 documents and other materials. in a special issue of the Journal of Sport
StanSteiner@boisestate.edu In London, she interviewed Eileen Gray, who History. The article explores the chal-
Special Education & Early Childhood almost single handedly turned women’s cycling lenges of long distance women’s road cycle
Studies into a high-quality international sport. Lucas also racing from the perspectives of athletes,
Chair: KEITH ALLRED reviewed Gray’s extensive personal archives.
promoters and governing bodies.
“Gray’s contributions to the sport of cycling