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NMSU Fulbright recipient to return to Mongolia

A New Mexico State University faculty member will travel to Mongolia as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies on the impact of educational policies on young children's education in the emerging nation.

Candace Kaye, a College of Education associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction, will travel as a Fulbright Scholar to Mongolia, where she will collaborate with Mongolian educators in early education curriculum and program development. (Courtesy photo)

Candace Kaye, an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been chosen for a year-long Fulbright Lecturing and Research Award to Mongolia.

While there, Kaye will work with two universities, the National University of Mongolia and the Mongolian State Pedagogical University. She will collaborate with Mongolian educators in early education curriculum, program development and supervision of graduate student research projects. She also will lecture in the field of early education and distance education and conduct research on the current access to quality early childhood education programs.

"Mongolia represents a world characterized by rapid political transitions, newly awakened nationalism, and many other forms of potentially positive, but often challenging change for the education of young children," Kaye said.

A product of the Fulbright trip will be a manuscript on early education in Mongolia developed collaboratively by Kaye and her Mongolian colleagues. The manuscript will contribute to a comparative research-based book she is writing that examines international issues in early education, with emphasis on rural education of young children, the use of technology for professional development for early educators and curriculum and program support for cultural transmission to the next generation.

From 1992 to 1994, Kaye served as the U.S. Information Agency liaison between the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Ulaan Baatar, the capital of the Republic of Mongolia. Her work involved supporting Mongolian citizens in their travel as country representatives to the U.S. to investigate specific processes within a democracy.

"This work afforded me the opportunity to become acquainted with Mongolia and the people of Mongolia through a vast array of unique experiences and also to develop my skills as a collegial and supportive cultural ambassador to an amazing country," Kaye said.

Kaye completed doctoral programs at both San Diego State University and Claremont University, and received the status of full professor/tenure at California State University, Long Beach.

The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. government in 1946 to aid international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are given for a variety of educational activities, including advanced research, graduate study and university lecturing.

The main funding for the program is received from the U.S. Congress, while participating governments and host universities contribute indirectly.