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Ukraine Educators Visit Campus

Linna Jones

Staff Writer

  Two kindergarten through 12th-grade Ukraine educators visited the Center for Economic Education April 24. The educators observed the classroom of Betty Evans, a second-grade teacher from Monticello Elementary School, toured the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s campus and met with the School of Education and Business faculty.  

  The National Council on Economic Education funded the trip to provide Tetyana Gilberg from Khmelnitskiy, Kateryna Partem from L’viv and translator Felix Shidlovich from Utyen a chance to visit Arkansas and look at economic education in the K-12 education system. Gilberg and Partem answered questions from the faculty with the help of Shidlovich, who translated.  

  Gilberg and Partem talked about the economic situation in Ukraine during the 1990s and the beginning of democracy in their country. Ukraine established economic courses in high schools in 1992, and it became a required subject in 1999. Teachers used college textbooks translated into Ukrainian to teach high school students.  

   American teachers trained Ukraine teachers about the subject. American economist Jim Grunloh trained them in classroom methods. He used examples from real life instead of theory. 

   Gilbreg said she learned from the professors that economics can be taught through real life, everyday experiences.

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