Gill Minikin

MA Education, 2011

Gill Minikin

I decided to take this course because it would be beneficial to my teaching career no matter what subject or age group I choose to teach in the future. The course would also give me a British perspective of education

I completed my bachelors degree in Art Education at Ball State University, Indiana. Following graduation I taught Art at a public elementary school, ran the Arts and Crafts programs at two summer camps in New England for a few years, and taught Ecology at an outdoor classroom in Maine.

I decided to take this course because it would be beneficial to my teaching career no matter what subject or age group I choose to teach in the future. The course would also give me a British perspective of education.

I have really enjoyed the amount of discussion within the course. The course leaders share many interesting topics and give us students the opportunity to share our different perspectives. The students on the course are from very different backgrounds and have much to add to the experience. It is such a comfortable environment where I feel I can share my own experiences and ask questions freely. So far the course has helped my academic writing immensely, as well as helped to develop my reflective and critical skills.

The course is very self-driven, which was a bit difficult for me at first. The staff helped me and my classmates make the transition into masters level work and improve our areas of weakness. The staff are very pleasant, welcoming, and always make time for us when we need them. I love how they encourage us to get together socially, so we can get the most out of the course and our time in England.

Currently, I am doing a lot of research and getting quite excited about my dissertation. Upon completion of the course, I hope to put all of my newly acquired knowledge and experiences to work at a school teaching either Art or Ecology to young people, but I haven't yet decided where in the world that will be!