ERIC Number: ED232977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-11
Reference Count: 0
Adjusting an American Teacher Education Program to Meet the Needs of Malaysian Students: A Case Study.
Quisenberry, Nancy L.
Methods of working with foreign students, especially those from Malaysia, have been modified at Southern Illinois University. Problems have arisen in dealing with two different groups of Malaysian students: recent graduates from secondary schools, and graduates of Malaysian teacher training colleges. The first group comprises very young students, far from home and experiencing the stress of culture shock. The second group poses problems in dealing with transfer of credits, assessing individual records from three different Malaysian education agencies, and time allowed for program completion. While most students know some English, language proficiency is a problem, particularly since a requirement of the program is student teaching. There have been some difficulties in placing Malaysian student teachers in local schools. Some students have also resisted taking required courses in American history or government, viewing them as irrelevant to their needs. Procedures used to alleviate these and other problems are described in this paper. Case studies are presented of Malaysian students majoring in English, mathematics, educational media, guidance and counseling, and science. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Transfer Students, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Placement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (30th, Washington, DC, July 11-15, 1983).