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Canadian and Chinese flags adorn conference hallEducators from Canada and China gathered on the UWindsor campus this week to explore reciprocal learning between the two countries.

Conference aimed at cultivating cross-cultural connection

A conference on the University of Windsor campus this week is bringing together educators from across Canada and China to discuss ways the two countries can build a cross-cultural understanding of school and teacher education.

The conference, “Envisioning Reciprocal Learning between Canada and China,” is a project of a partnership involving two Canadian and five Chinese universities, two Canadian school boards and more than 40 schools in China and Canada. It began with a public component Monday and Tuesday and will continue Wednesday and Thursday with detailed planning among research partnership team members.

Speakers discussed a variety of topics, including the role of gender, culture and language in science education; transnationalism in education and knowledge exchange; and the costs and benefits of full-day kindergarten.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has provided funding support for the partnership, co-directed by UWindsor education professor Shijing Xu and Michael Connelly of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

The full program is available on the conference website.

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