Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- December 8, 2000

Cal State Long Beach Education Professor Receives Fellowship

A professor of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been awarded a 2000-2001 Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Candace Kaye, one of just 21 faculty members across the country to receive the prestigious $9,000 fellowship, is the only recipient to be chosen from the field of education and one of only two recipients from California.

Made possible by funding from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Fetzer Institute, the Contemplative Practice Fellowship program provides fellowships for academic faculty members to develop courses and teaching materials that explore contemplative practice from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Kaye, the director of graduate programs in early childhood education, will use the funding to develop a three-unit course titled "Individual and Cultural Interpretations of Visual Literacy Within the Classroom and Beyond" that will be taught during the summer of 2001.

"This course will provide educators with an opportunity to revisit and contemplate both individual and cultural interpretations of visual literacy as a tool of the spirit for participation more fully in the world of the classroom and beyond," Kaye explained. "Young children naturally read their world within a vast array of sensory experiences offered in the cultural activities of their everyday lives.

"As they continue to grow, young children engage themselves in a wide variety of visual experiences, from the unspoken gestures of familial love to 'reading' the visual aesthetics of their surroundings and the visual landscape of their community," she continued. "When children enter school, other visual experiences are replaced in importance by the traditional symbolic expressions of reading and writing. We need to identify and bring in their own culture, art and artfulness."

The course will be open first to students in CSULB's College of Education and then to teachers outside the university. Kaye, who holds a joint Ph.D. in education from San Diego State and Claremont Graduate University, also plans to offer a faculty seminar next summer.

Laura Rendon, the Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair in the College of Education, will facilitate a portion of both the course and the seminar.

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