Dr. Aubrey Golightly is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the North-West University. Recently he had the opportunity to conduct research in the USA and he also presented a paper at the GeoSummit at Texas University, but perhaps he should tell us about it in his own words.
The Dean and Research Director of the Faculty of Education Sciences at the NWU (Potchefstroom Campus) eagerly support young researchers who want to attend conferences abroad and, as a young researcher, I had the privilege of visiting the USA for 7 weeks this autumn.
I attended the AERA congress in San Diego (California) from 13 April to 17 April 2009. Thereafter, I worked with Prof. Ralph Brockett (University of Tennessee) in Knoxville (Tennessee) for two weeks focussing on “Self-directed Learning”. From the 3 May to 26 May 2009 I visited Dr Osvaldo Muniz (Texas State University) in San Marcos (Texas) and worked on an International Project in “Problem-based Learning in Geography Education”. The Geography Department of the Texas State University held their Annual GeoSummit on campus from 27 May to 30 May 2009. I was invited to attend the GeoSummit in my capacity as the South African correspondent and I also presented a paper at the summit.
This was an unbelievable learning experience and I want to express my thanks to the Faculty’s management for affording me this wonderful opportunity.