GSE Associate Dean Leads Delegation to China

Posted: November 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

Mark Goor, associate dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), led a delegation of 17 U.S. special educators to China from Oct. 19 to Nov. 3. While there, the group met with university professors, school principals, and teachers to exchange ideas about instruction for students with special needs.

During the trip, members of the delegation learned about the differences and similarities between the two countries’ special education teaching methods. They discovered that a society’s culture influences the educational methods and philosophies the society develops. “In [Chinese] society, the value is placed on treating everyone the same–not individualizing based on each child’s needs,” explains Goor.

By sharing his experience with GSE faculty members and doctoral students, Goor has increased the school’s awareness of education in China. His experience in China also fulfills “part of the bigger George Mason initiative to globalize–[to] think of the world as our community,” says Goor.

People to People Ambassadors sponsored the trip and selected the delegation members. The organization arranges travel delegations to promote world peace and understanding.

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