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Education beyond the classroom

Students had the opportunity to explore the historic and majestic country of Spain from a cross-cultural and cross-curricular perspective.

Posted: 19 July 2012

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Students had the opportunity to explore the historic and majestic country of Spain from a cross-cultural and cross-curricular perspective.

University of Roehampton students have enjoyed the ‘educational trip of a lifetime’ as part of BA Education specialist Module in residential fieldwork which enabled them to participate in a very diverse experience abroad.

Sixteen 2nd Year BA Education students from Roehampton and four members of staff, as well as ten students and three members of staff from Katho University in Belgium, had the opportunity to explore the historic and majestic country of Spain from a cross-cultural and cross-curricular perspective.

The module combined two subject areas of RE and geography to encourage and enable student teachers to carry out field work with the children that they will then go on to teach in schools. The idea behind this type of research was to give students a rich understanding of the complexity of the religious history and geography of this area of Spain, deepen their knowledge about other cultures and broaden their awareness and understanding of sustainability in a very different environment and part of the world.

Staying in locations like Córdoba in Andalucía and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, students experienced countless social and educational benefits, even learning a Belgian National dance with the Belgian students and staff. The trip was also highly beneficial for developing University staff/student relationships, as well as friendships with students from another European country; widening our students'
awareness of different communities and environments and reminding them of how much they can learn from others in a global society.

In addition, the University was able to forge stronger links with Katho University in Belgium; building cross cultural ties and possible future research opportunities.

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