In the period from the first to the fifth of October, two professors of NLA University College held a three day seminar and a two day master class for students of the Pedagogy program, as part of the two year cooperation between the International University of Central Asia (IUCA) in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan and NLA University College in Bergen, Norway. The project is named “Developing Early Childhood Education and Student-Active Teaching and Learning Methods at University Level”. Students of the Pedagogy program had an opportunity to study “Problem-based training”. The sessions were conducted in English.
Third year Students at IUCA and the Humanitarian and Technical College (HTC) of IUCA attended the seminar and master-classes. Sixteen students and three teachers worked for five days as one team with the professors from Norway. They introduced the students to their interesting experience of working with children of preschool and primary school age. At the beginning of the seminar, the participants became acquainted with the features of the preschool and primary education system in Norway, learned about the idea of educating children through the folk games. Of course, the information about the case study method, its features, and implementation steps was particularly interesting for both students and teachers. An important point was that it became clear how and when use this method. Students not only learned about the method, but also tried to use it themselves. Under the mentoring of the teachers from Norway, they learned how to solve a problem step by step, get out of conflict situations, and develop their critical thinking abilities.
The cooperation between IUCA and NLA College is an invaluable experience that will make preparation of future teachers of preschool and primary school better. Also the seminar is one more step toward raising the professional level of teachers and students in the Pedagogy program of IUCA and HTC.
It is also important that this open and productive experience of international cooperation will be continued.