Ph.D. Candidate Tatzia Langlo of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School was given a Graduate Scholar Award from the International Journal of Learning and therefore attended the 20th International Conference on Learning that was held at the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece.
A small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.
Tatzia Langlo is a student in the Department of Education in the research focus area of Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education, working with Professor Jenny Cook-Gumperz as her advisor. Langlo’s research interests reach into the development of global learning-teaching communities and the need for increased communication, cultural, and contextual competencies involved with interacting as global citizens on the stage of the global world. As a scholar and researcher she works with a non-profit organization based on principles and practices of civil participation, service-learning, and education assistance through development of local and global relationships. She maintains optional interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphases in Global Studies and Language, Interaction, and Social Organization.
Langlo has published the article “The Development of Global Learning and Teaching Communities: Citizen Action and Engagement in Research” and two more articles are in print and in peer review at International Journal of Learning. This publication process has led to her being named an Associate Editor with several branches of Common Ground Publishers involved with The International Journal of Learning, engaging researchers who participate in The Learner annual conferences each year.