ERIC Number: ED380419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-28
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Education for International Understanding: A Comparison of Attitudes and Self-Perceived Skills of Teacher Education Students in Finland and California.
Yli-Renko, Kaarina; Yoder, John H.
This study compared and investigated the attitudes toward educating for international understanding in college students preparing to become elementary school teachers in Finland and the United States--particularly California. The study also explored whether participants thought their respective teacher education programs had prepared them to educate for international understanding. A questionnaire was distributed to a sample of students training to become elementary teachers in each of the two countries (51 in the United States and 93 in Finland). Both groups were predominantly female, and the Finnish students were somewhat younger than those from the United States. Analysis of the responses showed that both groups considered international education to be important. Americans tended to understand international education in more personal, local, and domestic terms with an interest in developing students' positive self image, and attaching importance to taking responsibility for self and others. The Finns thought of international education in more global terms and seemed to have a stronger group consciousness and a greater focus on national and cultural identity and understanding as it related to themselves and to others. Both groups indicated that they intended to teach so as to increase the international understanding of their students. However, both groups wanted more adequate preparation for teaching international education. (Contains 20 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California; Finland