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ERIC Number: EJ1057914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Developing Culturally Competent Teachers: An International Student Teaching Field Experience
Salmona, Michelle; Partlo, Margaret; Kaczynski, Dan; Leonard, Simon N.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v40 n4 Article 3 Apr 2015
This study offers a theoretical construct for better understanding how experiential learning enables student teachers to acquire social and cultural variation skills, develop cultural empathy in the K-12 classroom, and the transference of these skills to new educational situations. An Australian and United States research team used a phenomenological approach to explore the connections between the skills student teachers acquire and the application of these newly developed skills to professional practices. Participants were a group of United States pre-teachers who enrolled in a 5 week teaching experience in Australia. Findings show that participation in cultural based events is part of a complex decision making process. The variety of cultures that now exist in schools requires new teachers to obtain and apply a skillset that promotes manoeuvrability through, and an understanding of the many definitions of culture. A better understanding of this process may strengthen curricula and improvements in teacher education program delivery and further enhance higher education study-abroad international partnerships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia