Estonian students visit Maryville College

January 10, 2003

For the second year in a row, several Eastern European students will travel halfway around the world and stay as guests of Maryville College for three weeks.

Dr. Terry Simpson, chairperson for Maryville College’s Division of Education, spent fall 2000 in Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar. While there, he taught two courses: instructional methodology and the sociology of education. But university administrators were as interested in how he taught as they were in what he taught.

Simpson concluded during the 2000 visit that it would be beneficial for students in Tartu’s education division to visit the United States, and he thought Maryville College students could benefit from hearing about the Estonian educational system. He arranged for the visit of seven students last year.

WHO: Five education students from the University of Tartu in Estonia; one university professor.

WHAT: A visit to Tennessee and Maryville-area schools, where the Estonian students will observe classrooms and teaching styles.

WHEN: January 19 (arrival); Feb. 7 (departure). A welcome reception will be held for the group at 2 p.m., Jan. 21 in the Proffitt Dining Room on the MC campus.

WHERE: The students and professor are scheduled to visit the following schools on the following dates…

  • Jan. 19-21, Maryville College campus
  • Jan. 22-24, Porter Elementary School in Maryville
  • Jan. 27-29 at Heritage High School in Maryville
  • Jan. 30, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (details still being worked out)
  • Jan. 31, Steekee Elementary in Loudon County
  • Feb. 3, Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville
  • Feb. 4-5, Maryville College classes

WHY: Estonia, occupied by the Soviet Union from 1940 until 1991, is one of a few Eastern European countries that have declared their independence and are trying to build stable capitalistic economies and democratic governments. Educators there are trying to build an educational system that is more Western, as well.