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HKERA 2017 - The Development of an Invitational Education Graduate Program

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Barbour, M. K., Palacios, L., Wong, P., & O’Connor, J. (2017, December). The development of an invitational education graduate program. A paper presentation at the Hong Kong Education Research Association International Conference, Hong Kong.

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HKERA 2017 - The Development of an Invitational Education Graduate Program

  1. 1. Michael K. BARBOUR, Touro University California, United States Lisa PALACIOS, Touro University California, United States Peter WONG, Hong Kong Education Bureau, Hong Kong Jim O'CONNOR, Touro University California, United States The Development of an Invitational Education® Graduate Program
  2. 2. Announcing the first and only Master’s Programme in the world in Invitational Education® exclusively offered to Hong Kong and mainland China Teachers. This fully online programme is offered by Touro University California; a fully accredited US institution.
  3. 3. What is Invitational Education®? Invitational Education® is the process by which people are cordially summoned to realize their potential in all areas of worthwhile human endeavor.
  4. 4. Invitational education® “is a theory of practice… designed to create, maintain, and enhance human environments that cordially summon people to realize their potential in all areas of worthwhile human endeavor” (Purkey & Novak, 2008, p. vii). Essentially, invitational education® focuses on school climate by creating a welcoming environment for students, parents, visitors, and all school personnel.
  5. 5. Invitational Education offers concrete, practical, democratic, and successful ways for educators and leaders to gain the voluntary and enthusiastic support of others as they work together to realize their personal and professional goals.
  6. 6. • there were five basic assumptions included in the theory and practice of invitational education® (Novak & Purkey, 2008) – optimism – trust – respect, – care – intentionality
  7. 7. • the invitational education® model for developing a positive school climate focuses on what is known as the 5Ps (Purkey & Stanley, 1991) – people – places – policies – programs – processes
  8. 8. • the invitational education® model for developing a positive school climate focuses on what is known as the 5Ps (Purkey & Stanley, 1991) – people – places – policies – programs – processes
  9. 9. Challenges
  10. 10. • ill-defined process • coordination of different internal bodies • part of a larger system Challenge: Internal approval process
  11. 11. • voluntary, national organization • based on state cooperation • almost every state, except CA • physical presence Challenge: State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
  12. 12. • purely distance learning provider guidelines • physical presence • equivalent in the home country Challenge: Authorization by HK Education Bureau
  13. 13. • lack of physical presence • language barriers (particularly with instruction) Challenge: Marketing Internationally
  14. 14. • the “purpose of online learning is to engage the learner in meaningful ways in order to achieve deep, authentic and applicable learning” (Northcote, 2008, p. 676) • course content will be hosted in a learning management system to intentionally invite students into a positive experience (Cain, Abell, & Cindric, 2016) • faculty will also utilize social media tools to provide students interactive personal and social experiences (Di Petta, Novak, & Marini, 2002) Challenge: Inviting Online Learning
  15. 15. Your Questions and Comments
  16. 16. Associate Professor of Instructional Design Touro University, California mkbarbour@gmail.com http://www.michaelbarbour.com

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