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ERIC Number: EJ762123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Learning to Teach Failing Pupils in Europe: The Experience of a Group of American Students
Caul, Leslie
Teacher Education and Practice, v18 n4 p416-432 Fall 2005
Shared global concerns in education have recently focused on underachievement and the difficulties associated with the education of the children of migrant labor. These priorities unite the communities of Europe and the United States in a growing unease that a large number of young people are not realizing their academic potential through failing at school and, in consequence, are becoming excluded from mainstream society. The CARE (Children at Risk in Education) project was focused on the professional development of 53 student teachers who worked in Europe and the United States as an integral part of their undergraduate programs in an attempt to learn how to address underachievement in a global context. This article analyzes the professional development of 27 of those students, the American student teachers who studied in Europe for a period of 1 semester. The article considers the professional development of the student teachers in the context of 3 theoretical frameworks--namely, globalization, culture shock, and teacher development. It analyzes student discourse and explores how the student teachers made sense of their experience of new and challenging social contexts. The article argues that the demands of a period of school experience while working in a different culture provided students with challenges in both social and professional contexts that rigorously tested their capacity to make sense of their professional worlds.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States