King's students study childhood social institutions in England
July 5, 2017
Contributed by Tanya Sood, Communications Intern
Together with Dr. Alan Pomfret, ten King’s students spent a week in Winchester, England in May, 2017, as part of their experiential learning course in the Childhood and Social Institutions (CSI) program. The CSI program is the only interdisciplinary program of its kind in Canada. It focuses on identifying often overlooked child competencies, questioning existing understandings of childhood, and explores the implications of the changing status of children and childhood in Canada and internationally.
“This was our third year organizing the cultural exchange, “said Dr. Pomfret. “One of the great learning experiences for our students was getting the practical perspective of the program. I wanted our students to have hands-on experience of the culture and institutions,” Dr. Pomfret explains.
The group examined the similarities and differences between children’s institutions in England and Canada. They visited different elementary schools in the area as well as Parliament and a prison.
Every year, King’s sends students abroad on experiential exchange programs. The programs educate students on different cultures, practices and provide them with an understanding of the importance of diversity.