ERIC Number: EJ720985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 25
An Intercultural Approach To Challenging Issues In Northern Ireland Teacher Education
Siberry, Laurence; Kearns, Hugh
European Journal of Teacher Education, v28 n3 p259-266 Oct 2005
This paper reports action research intended to advance intercultural learning and pedagogy within teacher preservice education. Northern Ireland (NI) student teachers returning from teaching abroad and students from abroad training in NI shared views upon pedagogical practices, identified features supportive of inclusive teaching and assessed the potential of teacher intercultural learning. Experience of teaching abroad acted to challenge, but in some cases also to affirm, teacher dependence upon professional authority, independent pupils' learning and associated forms of control in classrooms. A majority of student teachers appeared encouraged by their experience of teaching abroad to experiment with pedagogies supportive of a negotiated and more inclusive curriculum and involving more cooperative learning in classrooms. Without significantly greater intercultural experience in NI teacher education, in the selective nature of NI schooling and in the control of subject disciplines under the NI statutory curriculum, sustained use of more transformative pedagogies is considered problematical in NI schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Cooperative Learning, Action Research, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Study Abroad, Teaching Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)