Magazine article University Business

Helping Kids See Themselves at College

Magazine article University Business

Helping Kids See Themselves at College

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There's a new kind of nontraditional college student in America, with elementary school kids being seen increasingly on American higher ed campuses. Many universities give children and their parents tours to instill the importance of higher ed early on--and some even host full-time, on-campus kindergarten classrooms.

Learning from learners on campus Bethel College in Indiana partners with the city of Mishawaka for a public kindergarten program launched in 2015. Lab-k, located in the Miller-Moore Academic Center, is considered part of the Battell Elementary School, and Battell teachers run the classroom.

"We try to emphasize the uniqueness of our program, as the number of teacher candidates providing assistance brings the student-to-teacher ratio down," says Jim Bennett, chairman of the college's education department. "The increased interaction with teachers is a big draw." Bethel shares program information on Facebook and during local kindergarten registration.

The fully-functioning kindergarten classroom is equipped with microphones and a one-way mirror, and education students as well as professors can observe and analyze lessons. …

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