The most important question people ask is ‘Does Connecting Cultures make a difference’? We firmly believe that it does. The use of pre and post journey presentations, together with on-line lesson plans and our Digital Campfire ensure that the impact reaches an audience beyond those who are fortunate enough to physically join us in the desert. One of the key elements of Kurt Hahn’s philosophy on experiential learning is the need for a period of silence, to enable reflection and embed understanding. After four days of intense debate and discussion, that period of silence is built into the final day of the Connecting Cultures programme as a solo. The results are captured, enabling us to measure the short term impact of the programme, which is overwhelmingly positive.
We are currently working with researchers at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Indiana to examine the longer term impact of the programme. Initial results look to be very positive, and a summary will be shared here once that research is complete.
“I have been observing and running Connecting Cultures courses for the last five years. During this time I have become fascinated by the programme philosophy and the way in which individuals explore values and consider their roles in making positive change in the world through understanding cultural diversity. All evidence suggests long term positive impact as a result of participation. The School of Education remain committed to collaborating and supporting research and curriculum development for Connecting Cultures and any other ways in which we can support this timely and crucially important contribution to creating a peaceful world. It is hard to over state the importance of this programme.”
Pete Allison PhD FRGS
Head of the Graduate School of Education
Senior Lecturer in Values and Experiential Learning
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland