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ERIC Number: ED517840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
WKU Student Teachers Benefit from International Experience. F.E.A. Research and Policy Brief
Carter, Fred
Future Educators Association
Although only 20 percent of teacher education students nationwide who completed their training and were certified during the 2009 spring semester were employed as teachers during the 2009 fall semester (U.S. Department of Education ED Review statistics, Nov. 20, 2009), 100 percent of Western Kentucky University (WKU) teacher education spring 2009 graduates who participated in an international student teaching experience were employed as teachers during the fall 2009 semester. That statistic, while impressive, results from two factors. First, students who successfully complete such an experience are talented, outgoing, adventurous, and well-prepared, and they have been carefully screened and selected. The second factor results from the experience itself. In other words, these students who have actually traveled elsewhere and have experienced cultural differences firsthand during their preparatory teaching can be and are expected to be highly successful in working with students of varying cultures and abilities. This paper describes how WKU started internationalizing its student teaching experience and discusses how the program benefited its participants.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Future Educators Association
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Spain