Hey guys! It’s Tracey, and TutorBright has asked me to write a blog post about my awesome 14-day Vietnam Study Tour.
The study tour was organised by Victoria Polytechnic. All the students on the tour were on Placement in different kindergartens in the capital city, Hanoi. We worked on Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 2.30pm with the rest of the afternoons and the weekends to ourselves. My friends’ and I took every opportunity we could to visit great places and experience fun events e.g. the Opera, Water Puppets, Street Food Tours, Markets, Museums and a Pagoda. We also went to Ha Long Bay which Victoria Polytechnic organised for us. The trip was wonderful and something I will never forget! In the next few paragraphs I’ll discuss what I learnt, educational differences and my perspective on education.
Firstly, oh my goodness, did I learn a lot on the Vietnam Study Tour! One major thing that I learnt is that we should examine things while taking in their cultural context; we cannot simply apply a western way of thinking to a situation because it will not work. The western world isn’t the whole world and we need to remember that. I also learnt that there really are different ways to teach, and that some ways work better than others. I now know that I need to be more aware of this, and will be looking at my Pedagogy and expectations of students for my upcoming Research project for my final year at Monash.
The major differences between education in Vietnam and Australia are hard to define as we were in an early childhood setting, and that is something I have only briefly experienced in Australia. However, I can say through my teaching background that I could not stop thinking of the Vietnamese students as Grade 1 or 2 students in Australia rather than the 3-5-year old’s that they were. Discipline and community are far more focused on in Vietnam’s early education. In my opinion these students grow developmentally both socially, and emotionally faster than typical Aussie kids. They are also more responsible; moving furniture and holding teachers accountable for the timetable, just as grade 1 and 2 students do.
Overall I don’t think my perspective on education has changed that much. I have always believed that education is one of the most important factors in a person’s life, and that education occurs both in and out of the curriculum and classroom. Students learn from teachers, their parents and each other, as well as from nature and the environment around them. My perspective has not necessarily changed, but I think I probably value education more now. In Australia, there is much more governmental aid for public education as opposed to Vietnam where there is practically none.