In response to popular demand we have also developed 3 adult study abroad course programs. Each study abroad course program will have a different focus, however all will be catering to people with interest in history and western culture.
Each of these study abroad course programs contain the same education philosophy and methodology.
ECE Educational Philosophy
Our philosophy is to promote a coherent understanding of History, an understanding which can illuminate many other academic fields. We wish to help make history into an indispensable tool for students. This tool will promote critical, unifying and creative habits of thought and also foster a deeper, clearer quality to their general understanding.
“History is the unifying conceptual framework, because history is the study of everything that has occurred before the present.” Citation Wikipedia: Classical Education Movement
Learning should be exciting: fun and excitement are to learning what sport is to exercise.
Context is critical. It is not just the facts, but also the relevance of those facts that is the key to real comprehension. Too often today we see that the memorization of sterile facts is put before the understanding. A consequence of this is loss of meaning surrounding those facts. Eternal City Education works to put learning the context of history back into its rightful place where facts and all their details have some sense of meaning.
History is for today: it is not an antique for antiquarians. History is not to be seen behind a large glass pane. History extends right to today. Historical facts always have patterns attached to them. Students need to be able to recognize these patterns in the current world. Then the student can utilize their knowledge from the success and/or failure of past events to better our world today.
Learning should always be for life. History should be studied, cultivated and, ultimately experienced, for life.
There is always a way to improve our program and methods, we work on feedback!
ECE Education Methodologies
We understand there is a great variety to the ways in which each student individually learns. And so have gone great lengths to utilize a diverse set of learning methodologies to ensure that each student has the full benefit of life-long learning.
Active-Lecture based Learning & Discussion (Dialectic)
Each of the lectures is given in a chronologically developing sequence and is made coherent with both proceeding and preceding lectures. The lectures are punctuated by a number of different Active Learning Techniques.
Following each lecture all students will submit a question about something of difficulty or of personal interest in the lecture. The instructor will then facilitate the answering of the questions with the students. A subject of discussion will create a dialectical method of reasoned discourse between teacher and student , with differing opinions or not, the aim of establishing truth surrounding the subject as the goal.
Group-Project based Learning
Each Program has its students broken up into teams of 5 to create a ‘Web blog’ based on a theme approved by instructor. This theme will relate an aspect of history they have learned to the modern world. In groups of 5, the students can work out structures of subordination and work distribution as well as be able to better identify the individual talents of themselves and co-workers, all of which will be necessary for the successful accomplishment of a ‘goal-oriented’ multi-media project.
Experience based learning
Students have different dispositions to learning. Sometimes a student may be more visual, sometimes auditory, or kinesthetic (tactile). ECE with its lectures on site, engage all senses. The simple reality of being in new incredible learning environment each day and interacting with that environment, leads to the most amazing results in information retention. With Eternal City Education, Rome is the text book and its ruins and buildings are the classroom.
Problem based learning
Twice a week, following the day’s lectures and Discussion(dialectic) session, students are given the ‘Contemporary Parallel Assignment.’ The instructor will distribute to the students 2 contemporary news articles to read and determine which of the articles best mirrors the history discussed in days lecture and write a short essay as to why. Students are to turn in short essay the following day.
15 of these questions are based on information relayed in the prior day’s lecture.
5 Questions are taken from any one of the prior days lectures to ensure that students have listened and taken notes during lectures and that they understand importance of reviewing previous materials.
Of course, the quizzes are formulated so as to not overload the student with pressure and negatively interfere with their experience. The quizzes will be meaningful and light with Teachers there also there for students support and encouragement before and after every quiz.
The top grade for daily quiz gets 5 euro spending money as a prize.
The top Contemporary Parallel Essay gets 5 euro spending money as prize
Note: ECE’s major incentive for students is for the top 3 ranked students of any completed program to receive the Victoria Scholarship. Awarding students according to their program ranking with 1st place 750$, 2nd place 500$, 3rd place 200$.