Sept. 26, 2001
CONTACT: Dr. Alfred Frederick, 312-2643
OSWEGO EDUCATION PROFESSOR CONTINUES
COLLABORATION WITH BENIN EDUCATORS
OSWEGO -- After two Fulbright awards to study and teach in the Republic of Benin, SUNY Oswego's Dr. Alfred Frederick will continue his association with the country as coordinator of research for the secondary school curriculum reform project.
Titled "The Integration of Language, School and Community: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School," the project is a collaborative partnership between SUNY Oswego and the Benin National Institute of Training and Research in Education at the National University of Benin.
The Benin university had requested that Frederick be awarded a third Fulbright lecture and research grant to serve another 10 months there in 2001-02.
"More than any other past visiting scholars in the Faculte des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaine, he has begun an extensive and meaningful effort to make a positive contribution to educational development in Benin," wrote Taofiki Koumakpai of the National University of Benin.
But, Frederick said, that the Fulbright organization replied that the U.S. Department of State does not award grants to a single scholar for three consecutive years.
During his two academic years in Benin, Frederick trained education students at the National University of Benin as curriculum development and evaluation specialists, lectured on educational research methodology and curriculum development, got the curriculum evaluation and development research project under way, and organized and implemented a series of seminars on educational research and development
He also participated in many public events at the university and in the community of Benin, including the ceremony where Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of the department of Afro-American studies at Harvard University, received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Benin, was made an honorary citizen of Benin and was named Commander of the National Order of Benin by the country's president.
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