ERIC Number: EJ1176463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Building Capacity and Changing Mental Models: The Impact of a Short-Term Overseas Teaching Experience on White Teacher Candidates from a Rural Midwestern College
Burgard, Karen L. B.; Boucher, Michael L., Jr.; Johnston, Kathryn L.
Action in Teacher Education, v40 n1 p96-112 2018
This qualitative case study investigated the changes in mental models of a group of White, rural and suburban, teacher candidates in a rural midwestern college and their increased capacity to understand race and culture after their short-term practicum experience in Guatemala City. The study used individual written reflections, whole-group discussions, and individual interviews to investigate changes in mental models of educational practices by preservice teachers. Teacher candidates expressed (1) changes in their mental models of schools, teaching, and learning; (2) changes in their personal growth that they expressed would affect their future teaching; and (3) an expansion of their personal worldview and a reduction in otherization of non-U.S. and people who would not be considered White in America. This study finds that short-term international teaching experiences can have a profound impact on how the preservice teachers plan to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Schemata (Cognition), Overseas Employment, Teaching Experience, Whites, Rural Schools, Community Colleges, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Educational Practices, Student Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, World Views, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, International Schools, Reflection, Essays, Classroom Communication, Interviews, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala
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