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ERIC Number: EJ890380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Taking a Critical Pedagogical Look at Travel-Study Abroad: "A Classroom with a View" in Cusco, Peru
Fobes, Catherine
Teaching Sociology, v33 n2 p181-194 Apr 2005
The importance of preparing students for citizenship in a global society is well recognized in teaching sociology. Although options have emerged to facilitate such pedagogical experiences, few concentrate on maximizing students' experiences in non-English-speaking nations. How can we help sociology students get the most out of an experience in a foreign language society if they do not speak the language? I propose a critical pedagogical approach to travel-study abroad by presenting a case study of a unique three-week intensive class taught in Cusco, Peru. Following Kaufman's (2002) four-point model of critical pedagogy, I recommend that understanding, reflecting, analyzing, and engaging in social action can help structure the application of critical pedagogy to travel-study abroad in sociology. My research suggests benefits of such an approach, including working with a native educational institution, pairing sociology and Spanish students, and using home-stay families as informal teachers. I conclude by offering suggestions for faculty interested in creating a travel-study abroad course, to a developing nation in particular. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Peru