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ERIC Number: EJ1080257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Study Abroad as Professional Development: Voices of In-Service Spanish Teachers
Jochum, Christopher J.; Rawlings, Jared R.; Tejada, Ana María
Dimension, p121-135 2015
The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to understand how four in-service Spanish teachers interpreted their participation in a summer study abroad program and how the experience contributed to their ongoing professional development and language proficiency. Using a multiple case design (Simons, 2009; Stake, 2005; Yin, 2009), the researchers conducted interviews, recorded field observations and collected participant journals. By analyzing these teachers' voices, it was found that the experience revealed a new-found realization of their language proficiency and its impact on their professional practice. A salient finding of the study abroad experience was that these teachers expressed a commitment to further develop their language skills outside of the classroom. Implications for foreign language educators include the need for sustained professional development that focuses on both content and proficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica; Nebraska
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