ERIC Number: ED404313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Sister Schools: An Experience in Culture Vision for Preservice Teachers and Elementary Children.
Black, Sharon J.; Cutler, Beverly R.
The School of Education at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah developed a sister school program with teachers and children in Cuauhtemoc and Dublan (Mexico) to increase the culture vision of preservice teachers while simultaneously allowing elementary school children to develop culture awareness by participating in a cross-cultural learning experience. Student teachers from BYU were sent to the sister schools in Mexico, working under the direction of Mexican cooperating teachers as well as an onsite field instructor from the American sister school. At the same time, a child-to-child exchange developed joint fundraising projects for improvements to the Mexican schools and visits to Mexico by some of the American students. The preservice teachers in the program gained a substantive knowledge of how that culture affects the children, learning to look beyond color to see individuals within a unique cultural setting. American children participating in the program experienced similar though less extensive changes in their culture vision. Both student teachers and the sister schools students found that their talent and self-confidence developed through the new challenges and experiences, and that important lessons were learned through the service they contributed to the Mexican communities. (Contains 16 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico