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ERIC Number: ED455238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 45
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Moving beyond Our Education Community: Student Teaching Abroad.
Baker, Betty Ruth
This paper presents an overview of a student teaching abroad program. Student teachers at Texas' Baylor University have an option to participate in a three-semester hour elective involving student teaching in schools in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This experience is an extension of their required student teaching. Experiences are provided for early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education preservice teachers. The purpose of the program is to offer student teachers a more global perspective by traveling, living, and participating professionally in another country. Through this experience, preservice teachers encounter social, cultural, economic, governmental, and educational issues. Students attend weekly class sessions to prepare for the experience. Once in Australia, they work as professionals within the schools for at least 3 weeks and travel for 2 weeks. Evaluation of student teachers' experiences indicates that respondents learned more about diversity, planning, and professionalism and developed more positive feelings about the value of extra teaching experience, flexibility, content knowledge, and planning and selecting teaching materials and methods. An appendix presents a course syllabus, the travel handbook for participating student teachers, and evaluation forms. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia