Reisebrev fra University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Skrevet av Lise Porsanger
As PhD candidates we are advised to pursue internationalization. For me, this was a golden opportunity to combine doctoral work and gain international experience. In January 2020, with support from NAFOL, NTNU and the U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange, I was headed towards for a five months research stay at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The University is located just outside the Mānoa valley, near downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. As a visiting scholar at the College of Education, I was affiliated with and had my office at the Center on Disability Studies, where I was warmly welcomed.
To provide a background to the research stay, I reached out to my host at the University, dr. Kelle Murphy, as I found her former research to coincide with my doctoral work. Gladly, she agreed to host me and work out a collaborative project of mutual interest. We are investigating how teacher negligence in physical education is constructed in court decisions in the US and in Norway. Our aim is to publish an article based on our project, and maybe, our findings will be surprising to some. For me personally, our work has led to several new discoveries, and most important, some of my preconceptions of the US regulatory system have been broken down. Possibly, the experience can be demonstrated in the words of Senator Fulbright.
Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.
Thus, there are so many aspects to Hawai’i that should be shared. I had some fantastic experiences paddling outrigger canoes with the Waikiki Surf Club, from multiple hikes in lush mountains, and even shopping at Costco. However, I will let the pictures speak more for themselves.
As we all know, this year turned out to be quite different than expected. The five months stay became two as I returned to Norway in mid-March. However, the planned collaborative project is still in progress, albeit surrounded with slightly less sun and sand. I meet with dr. Murphy, twice a week on an online platform and we do our best to conduct analysis and writing, successively.
I am so grateful I had this opportunity and experience.
Mahalo and A Hui Hou
(Thank you, and until we meet again)