ERIC Number: EJ789360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: 0
In These Uncertain Times: Educators Build Cultural Awareness through Planned International Experiences
Kambutu, John; Nganga, Lydiah W.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n4 p939-951 May 2008
This narrative inquiry explored the effectiveness of planned international experiences in promoting cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation among American educators. Participating educators (n=12) were immersed in foreign cultures for 2-3 weeks during three different summers. To document the effectiveness of cultural immersion, participants completed pre- and post-visit surveys. Pre-visit data showed lack of cultural awareness. After the visit, however, participants had gained broader awareness, understanding and appreciation of host cultures such that familiar cultural practices were rarely used as the only point of reference. Follow-up interviews showed possible sustained acculturation.
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Immersion Programs, Summer Programs, Teacher Educators, Foreign Countries, Pretests Posttests, Interviews, Surveys, Acculturation, Adult Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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