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ERIC Number: EJ1043604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Reconsidering the Local after a Transformative Global Experience: A Comparison of Two Study Abroad Programs for Preservice Teachers
Dunn, Alyssa Hadley; Dotson, Erica K.; Cross, Stephanie Behm; Kesner, John; Lundahl, Bo
Action in Teacher Education, v36 n4 p283-304 2014
This comparative case study analyzes two study abroad experiences for preservice teachers--a 4-month student teaching placement in Sweden and a 3-week intensive intercultural course with school observations in France. Although they differed in duration and structure, both programs focused on developing preservice teachers' understandings of diversity and pedagogy in a global context. Using transformative learning theory (Mezirow, 1991) and drawing on grounded theory methods, research questions included (1) What are preservice teachers' experiences in two different study abroad programs focused on local/global diversity and pedagogy? (2) According to participants, what programmatic elements contribute to transformative learning experiences in such programs? Results underscore the need for relevant and interactive assignments, hands-on experiences, and support for personal growth in programs that aim to help preservice teachers "go global." Implications are raised for future research, teacher education, and university programming.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; Sweden
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