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ERIC Number: ED502407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-22
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Home Culture, Host Culture, and Identity: Student Teachers' Understanding of Self and Others
Roane, Warren
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association(New York, NY, Mar 22, 2008)
This article used data from an ethnographic study to address the unique challenges facing novice teachers in their practice teaching in a cross-cultural context. Participants in the study were 15 student teachers in a U.S. study abroad program in South America. Student teachers' views were sought through a recursive process of review of students' documents, and participant observation of classroom teaching. The data revealed that efficacy as a cultural learner positively interacted with teacher efficacy. Student behavior and classroom management were a concern, but much misbehavior and problems with delivery of instruction were attributed to different cultural values held by the host culture than the home culture. The data also showed that while participants reflected typical trends in study abroad participation, their career paths were significantly different than what might be expected. Few participants pursued international careers, and none immediately began teaching after graduation. Nevertheless, participants highly valued the study abroad experience in general, and in particular, found that student teaching in an international setting increased their efficacy as teachers.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South America