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INEE’s Support to Tertiary Level Teaching and Learning about EiE

by Tzvetomira Laub, INEE Secretariat, USA

The Discussion Forum contributes towards a broader initiative by the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards to support undergraduate and graduate-level efforts to educate the next generation of Education in Emergencies (EiE) workers. Over the years, INEE has supported tertiary teaching and learning on EiE, albeit on a somewhat ad hoc basis. We hope to do better on this and encourage you to share your feedback through the survey.

INEE currently offers the following support to strengthen the teaching and learning on EiE:

  1. Academic Space Webpage: INEE hosts an academic space on its webpage, which provides an opportunity for academics and students to share their work. The Academic Space lists research papers, theses, dissertations and other publications. It allows professors, PHD candidates and students to share their writing so that INEE members can access their research and arguments. It is also helpful for PHD and MA students who are developing their research focus. Email [email protected] to submit your work for this webpage.
  2. EiE Course Syllabi Webpage: This resource includes a list of course syllabi on Education in Emergencies and related topics.  Professors and instructors developing courses on EiE can reference these syllabi to facilitate their own curriculum development process. Email [email protected] to submit your syllabus—your peers would be happy to learn from you.
  3. Annotated Bibliographies: INEE has published annotated bibliographies on various EiE-related themes. The bibliographies are helpful in strengthening academics’ research and writing on EiE topics, identifying research gaps, and teaching and learning on those topics. Bibliographies already developed include: INEE Minimum Standards, Early Childhood Care and Development in Emergencies, Education for Youth Affected by Crisis, Teacher Professional Development in Crisis. Email [email protected] to suggest topics for new annotated bibliographies or to offer students’ support in developing new bibliographies.
  4. Training and Capacity Development: At the request of professors, INEE provides short orientations on the INEE Minimum Standards and other network tools, depending on INEE Secretariat’s capacity and availability. In addition, professors can adapt the INEE Training Package on EiE for their classes. Contact [email protected] with any questions on this.
  5. E-Learning Module: It uses the example of the Darfur refugee crisis to demonstrate how the INEE Minimum Standards can be used as a framework for designing quality education programmes in conflict-induced situations.  Through the module, learners can increase their knowledge of the Standards, and conceptualize how the Standards are applied in emergency contexts. Students can do the module as a self-study or this could be incorporated in regular courses on EiE.
  6. INEE Toolkit: With 800+ vetted materials, the Toolkit is the go-to place for EiE tools and resources. The Toolkit is used by professors in developing their course syllabi and by students in developing their research papers. The Toolkit is a good resource also for young practitioners who are seeking to enter the EiE field and want to improve their knowledge on EiE and related subfields. It features a search function, resources in 29 languages, and thematic resources.
  7. INEE Bi-Weekly Bulletins: INEE promotes new research on EiE and related topics through its Bi-weekly bulletins (BWB). For example, the August 1 BWB highlighted new articles by Dana Burde and Leigh L. Linden and by Harounan Kazianga et al. To share papers published in peer reviewed Journals, please email [email protected].
  8. Coming Soon: Journal on Education in Emergencies: The scholarly, peer-reviewed Journal is set up in response to the growing need for rigorous research to strengthen the EiE evidence base, support EiE policy and practice, and improve learning in and across organizations, policy institutes and academic institutions. The Journal will close a gap existing in the academic space: currently there is no Journal dedicated to this topic. INEE is well-positioned to facilitate EiE knowledge generation and sharing through this Journal, thus contributing to the further professionalization of the EiE field. The Call for Paper Submissions to the Journal should be out in early Nov 2013! We encourage you to start working on your papers! If you are interested in the Editor and Editorial Board member positions for this Journal, click here.
  9. Student Project Collaborations: INEE has collaborated with professors to offer practice based learning as part of the regular EiE coursework. In the past, this has included individual or group projects to develop annotated bibliographies on EiE, case studies on the application of the INEE Minimum Standards and research some of the unanswered questions around the impact of the INEE Minimum Standards. If you are interested in exploring this option for your courses, please contact [email protected].
  10. INEE Jobs Page: For students and recent graduates, the Jobs page and Jobs listserv every Friday are particularly helpful. You can see what skills, competencies and experience employers are looking for in EiE staff – this can help you tailor your studies and internships to better prepare you for that first job in EiE. To receive INEE’s BWBs and Jobs postings, please join the network.
  11. Hard copies of all INEE Tools: INEE makes hard copies of all INEE tools and resources available to professors and their students free of charge, funding permitting. The tools synthesize good practices in designing and delivering EiE policies and programs. Professors who teach EiE or related courses could request the resources online. For a full list of all tools in all available languages, please see the INEE Toolkit.

What is your advice?
INEE would love to hear your advice and suggestions on how better to support tertiary teaching and learning on EiE.

  • What can we do better?
  • As students, what other types of support could we offer you to be better prepared for your EiE career?
  • As professors, what other types of support could we offer you to support your teaching on EiE?
  • As Ph.D. Students/Candidates & ABD, what support could we offer you to facilitate your research, teaching and practice of EiE?

Take a few minutes to share your feedback through the survey or email [email protected] with other ideas on how INEE could support your work in this area. In addition, comments and suggestion on the INEE Strategy to Support Tertiary Teaching and Learning on EiE is most welcome.

 

Tzvetomira Laub has coordinated the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards since 2009. She managed the 2010 update of the INEE Minimum Standards, and currently works on capacity development, project implementation and advocacy around Education in Emergencies and conflict sensitive education. Prior to INEE, Tzvetomira worked on child protection, advocacy and education in emergencies at the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, CARE, Save the Children-US and Balkan Sunflowers-Kosovo. She holds a MA in Politics from Brandeis University and a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She can be reached at [email protected].
 

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