Dr. Teresa Unseld, associate professor of Art & Design Education, and graduate students Lauren Chaika BFA ’10 (Illustration), MAT ’14 (Art Education); Lauren Fields MAT ’14 (Art Education); and Kate Bisono BFA ’11 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts), MAT ’14 (Art Education) are spending the month of June in Abor, Ghana, as part of Dr. Unseld’s Ghana Independent Study course.
The course provides service-learning experiences that develop knowledge and skills relative to planning, implementing and evaluating art programs and curricula for children to include individuals with special needs in an international setting. This experiential education allows students to engage in activities that respond to international community needs along with opportunities designed to promote student learning and development.
The team is in West Africa working with orphans at In My Father’s House, disabled children at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped and students in Abor High School’s art department. Dr. Unseld and the three grad students are observing in-classroom instruction, participating in activities, providing assistance to teachers, and exchanging skills, knowledge and cross-cultural experiences.