ERIC Number: ED382614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
International Teaching Experience and Student Teacher Perspectives of Education.
This study evaluated the extent to which experience in the schools of another country affected the educational philosophies and attitudes of University of Waikato (New Zealand) students taking part in an international student teacher exchange program in the United States. Six student teachers were interviewed individually concerning aspects of the United States education system they most liked and disliked, how their educational perspectives had been changed, and whether or not they would recommend such programs to other students. Specific questions and excerpts from student responses are reprinted. Results found that while all subjects highly approved of their overseas experience, the process strengthened their original perceptions and philosophies rather than introduce new ones. Students generally reported a preference for the New Zealand system of education, perhaps in part due to positive reactions among American teachers to the use of whole language teaching in New Zealand. (PB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Exchange Programs, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Exchange Programs, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Study Abroad, Travel
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).