Dr. Christopher H. Tienken, Assistant Professor in the Educational
Leadership, Management and Policy Department at the College of Education
and Human Services, brought eight K-12 and Higher Education doctoral
students to Italy this summer as part of a policy/administrative
(L to R) SHU Doctoral Students: (Top) Danielle Sammarone; Shavon Chambers; Jessica Accurso; Omayra Arocho; Erin Zielenbach (Bottom) Jeffrey P. Levine; Kent A. Thompson; Joshua Wilkin.
The course began at Seton Hall and continued at the Università degli
Studi Roma Tre, Italy where students were provided with opportunities
to apply and synthesize decision making theories and processes across
cultures, learn more about the European Union and educational
structure/policies, and experience various K-20 school systems in Rome.
When speaking on the importance of such a course, Dr. Tienken stated, "Administrators must make decisions and solve problems that arise from
the implementation of policies and programs that often lack independent
scientific verification of their efficacy. They must have
evidence-based understandings of the education policy environment in
addition to decision-making concepts and consequences."
(L to R) Marit Storhaug, Oslo University College; Svein Sloberg, University of Oslo, Norway.
Professor Sandra Chistolini, Professor of General and Social Pedagogy, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy, commented on how
meeting in Rome provided scholars and students from five countries, and
three continents, with an opportunity to understand and acknowledge the
existence of gaps between the intended model of schooling and what
actually occurs in schools: "[Svein Sloberg’s] lecture regarding PISA
(Program for International Student Assessment) highlighted this crucial
point. For example, the results of international tests such as PISA help
describe school performance, but they also illuminate the
contradictions and unique nature of various school systems.
(L to R) Andrea Rega, student in Formazione della persona e Mercato del lavoro, Ph.D. University of Bergamo, Italy; Prof. Christopher Tienken, Seton Hall University; Diana Agnese Pallotta, student in Curriculum Theory of Education, Ph.D. University of Macerata, Italy; Prof. Sandra Chistolini, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy; Luigi Inglese, former Principal Scolastico nell’Istituto Comprensivo di Montecompatri, Roma, Italy.
The point is to use the results from such tests in the perspective of overall human development and to help build stronger teacher-student relationship, not to make sweeping national policy based on one test score from a decontextualized assessment. With all tests we should ask: Do the tests allow teachers to increase their capability to educate children and do they help children to become better citizens in society worldwide?"
This collaboration between the College of Education and Human Services and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre will continue with professors visiting various U.S. K-20 school systems and Seton Hall
University in the spring semester.
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