Barbara T. Bowman, MA
Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development
Co-Founder of Erikson Institute
Contact Yinna Zhang, PhD
Director, International Initiative
[email protected] (312) 893-7242
Our International Initiative is more than just a professional development program. It’s also a cross-cultural exchange, offering opportunities for international educators and American professionals to learn about different approaches to common challenges in early care and education. These cultural exchanges offer opportunities to learn from experiences that highlight the differences between Chinese and American cultures.
During one site visit in Chicago, a Chinese educator watched a child put on her shoes, but, she put them on the wrong feet. When the Chinese educator asked why the teacher didn’t correct this, the American teacher said the child had just learned to put on shoes, and it was more important that she feels good about herself than to correct her.
Contact International Initiative Director, Yinna Zhang, PhD