Abstract 12- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009




Perpetuating Transformation Education: Early Childhood Graduate Students Enacting Transnational Tenets

Lois McFadyen Christensen
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jerry Aldridge
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ratna Megawangi
The Indonesia Heritage Foundation

Marcie Hill
Addison Elementary School
Winston County Schools, Alabama


Following the hundred-year, devastating tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004 where all was lost along the coast, a leading early childhood educator communicated with graduate students for assistance. Dr. Ratna Megawangi, Executive Director of The Indonesia Heritage Foundation, requested support, and a group of graduate students from the United States responded. The process to rebuild two preschools is discussed in this narrative as it describes how the graduate students enacted a transformational, transnational curriculum through a class-selected project.

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About the Author(s)…

Lois McFadyen Christensen is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches and researches elementary social studies methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as research methods, critical theory, and the Civil Rights Movement. She coauthored a new Sage Publication.

Jerry Aldridge is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a former President of the United States National Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and is on the publications committee of ACEI. Research includes issues in education, especially gender related issues.

Ratna Megawangi is the Founder and Director of the Indonesia Heritage Foundation which is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-religious organization (NGO). As director of the foundation, she seeks to improve the educational needs of individuals throughout Indonesia. Her research interests have focused on women, family, and child socialization issues.

Marcie Hill is a sixth-grade teacher at Addison Elementary School in Winston County, Alabama. She has thirteen years of teaching experience and was recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Student-Educational Specialist in Elementary Education by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education.

Primary Contact Information: UAB School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 109 EB, 901 13th South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1240; Email: LMChrist@uab.edu.