Dr. Sudsberry’s program at Butler University

We worked together with Dr. Marilyn Sudsberry to give her students the opportunity to investigate the differences between Finland and Sweden’s educational systems firsthand. Together, we helped meet the standards of Butler University’s Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals during her program abroad. Key teaching moments included meetings with the former Finnish Minister of Education, current educators and local community members.

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AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY

– Q&A class

– Read Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg

– Departure meeting


IN FINLAND AND SWEDEN

– Dinner with former Finnish Minister of Education

– Finnish school visit

– Group meeting with Swedish professor

– Interviews with locals in the community

– Swedish school visit


BACK ON CAMPUS

– Class discussions about learning experiences abroad

– Submit journal that was kept while abroad

– Course debrief


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Course objectives
While on this immersive education course, EPPSP students will:

– Have a stronger understanding of the current political, cultural, social and economic systems and issues that affect education and school leadership

– Engage in solution-oriented conversations relating to the contemporary political, cultural, social and economic systems and issues that affect education in Finland and Sweden

– Engage in solution-oriented conversations relating to the contemporary political, cultural, social and economic systems and issues that affect education in Indiana

About the professor
Dr. Marilyn Sudsberry is the Director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals at Butler University. The information above is an excerpt from her comprehensive course syllabus that was nominated for a national award recognizing innovation in study abroad programming.

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