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ERIC Number: ED542441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 158
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2673-9538-2
International Student Teaching in Non-Western Cultures: Impact on First Year Teachers
Martin, Leigh Christine
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Iowa State University
This research illuminated how five first-year teachers described the intercultural development that occurred while student teaching in a non-Western culture, and the value that those experiences abroad brought to their classrooms during their first year of teaching. The focus was to capture the essence of the experiences abroad as perceived and described by participants and how those experiences influenced both the tacit and explicit practices in their first year of teaching. This qualitative study focused on four research questions: (a) How do first year teachers describe the intercultural development that occurs while student teaching in a non-Western culture?, (b) How does student teaching in a non-Western culture bring value to the first year teacher's classroom?, (c) What role does student teaching in a non-Western culture have on the tacit and explicit practices used in a first year teacher's classroom? and (d) How do personal influences in a non-Western culture impact student teaching and, ultimately, the first year teacher's students? Analysis of the participants' student teaching reflections and interview transcripts indicated: (a) they were welcomed into the non-Western cultures; (b) professional dedication was displayed by the teachers. Final reflections revealed the student teachers were influenced personally and professionally through: (a) professional relations and collaboration; (b) enthusiasm for teaching; (c) exposure to multiple nationalities and unique perspectives; (d) second language speakers and differentiated instruction; and (e) increased self-awareness. Bennett's (1993) Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) provided a framework of understanding the intercultural development that occurred when the participants left their home culture and were authentically immersed in a non-Western culture. Analysis of the data indicated that the participants demonstrated an advanced level of cultural sensitivity by falling in the Adaptation stage of Bennett's model. Participants were transformed both personally and professionally in their intercultural sensitivity and abilities to empathize with diverse student, while differentiating instruction through culturally relevant practices. Research findings suggest implications and recommendations for practice and policy, as well as for future research. Increased support for university faculty and pre-service teachers to experience non-Western cultures has the potential to transform pre-service teachers in achieving improved practices for teaching all students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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