A year’s work in education

Bates education minors presents their work and research at the Education Symposium.

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Education minors across all class years presented their yearly work at the Education Symposium on Thursday, March 30 in the upstairs of Commons. In addition to poster presentations, there were numerous presentations by seniors who chose to complete a capstone rather than a thesis.

The Education Symposium program offered a schedule, and featured various internship opportunities in the field of education, food and snacks. Adorning the walls were numerous posters, which described the responsibilities students carried in their internship positions.

One such intern was Jacques Shepherd ’19, who was involved with the 21st Century Program at Martel Elementary in Lewiston. His responsibilities included “work[ing] with staff to ensure smoothly run programs, engag[ing] with student’s ideas and inquiries, help[ing] students with homework and studying, [and] work[ing] with coordinating with parents.”

The common theme among the poster presentations was working with the Lewiston/Auburn community and helping students who struggle with English, time management, and other academic tasks. Claire MacKay ’20, under the mentorship of Professor Buck, stated, “I’ve learned my strengths lie in building relationships and making students feel comfortable to open up and be as productive as possible,” thus showing that the interns were also learning.

In addition to the poster presentations, seniors were presenting their capstone projects during the allocated two sessions, which ran from 4:30-5:30pm and from 5:30-6:30pm. In the first sessions, 5 groups were presenting their research with 3 people in each group speaking for 20 minutes. Jenney Abbott ’17, an Education Studies Minor, talked about the “Perceptions of Mental Illness within the Refugee Community,” while Jess Wilson ‘17 described her project which examined different English Language Learner programming structures and whether or not they were successful with Somali students in Lewiston and Minneapolis. In the second session, one of the students, Olivia Voccola ’17, explored whether or not the competition created by the voucher improves school performance.

The students all looked at certain systems and methods affecting education, while also exploring the region of the school, religion, and the arts, thus connecting their research to various other points. Each group of students had their own moderator that served as their guide through the research.

If this is something you want to be a part of next year, contact the education chairs at educ-chair@bates.edu.

 

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