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ERIC Number: EJ944025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Macedonian and U.S. Students in a Pre-Service Teaching Cultural Exchange: Examining the Formation of Perspective Consciousness
Serriere, Stephanie C.; Mason, Terrence
International Journal of Social Education, v23 n1 p76-98 Spr-Sum 2008
Through a pre-service teacher cultural exchange, the authors trace the development of a global perspective, working specifically within Hanvey's concept of "perspective consciousness". From qualitative observations, interviews and written reflections, the data of four education students who traveled to Macedonia from the United States and five education students who traveled to the U.S. from their country of Macedonia, the data demonstrate how perspective consciousness emerged across three themes: "resources", "religion", and "political" consciousness. Looking across these themes, the authors present conclusions about the conditions that may foster or hinder perspective consciousness, such as substantive knowledge about a place, seeking common ground (rather than differences), and at times putting one's own deepest beliefs aside. The data hold several implications for fostering a global perspective in colleges of education and especially within their global exchange programs, adding current findings to Hanvey's and Merry Merryfield's claims about attaining a global perspective. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Macedonia; United States