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Teach Turkey 2001

For four weeks in June and July, 2001, CMES led a group of K-12 educators on a curriculum-building travel seminar in Turkey sponsored by a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant. A University faculty member and in-country lectureres accompanied the group on the five week trip; serving as resource, mentor and guide, the faculty team focused the study on the environment's impact on the peoples of Turkey and their cultures.

Considering urban, coastal, riparian, desert and agarian environments, the group spent time in Istanbul before circling around the country. The Turkey Project's objects were to enhance knowledge of this less-familiar country, its peoples and cultures, to explore the intersections and differences between the Arizona Sonoran desert and Turkey's arid and agrarian areas by comparing the history of water use in the Colorado Basin region with that of the ongoing drama of damming in Turkey; to increase teachers' understanding of the evolution of the scientific study of water resources and the impact of that science on thw way policy is made and implemented; to introduce teachers to the profound impact of rapid population growth and urban migration on ancient cities and how the choices between preservation and development are made; and to provide teachers with an experiential learning program that will translate into more and more accurate Middle Eastern content in their courses that is directly relevant to the daily life and choices of their students, and, in the process of achieving these goals, erode misconceptions and stereotypes.

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