ERIC Number: EJ993962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 4
Learning about Literacy outside the Classroom: Pre-Service Teachers Reflect on Learning a Second Language through Cultural Immersion
Gutierrez, A. Renee; Hunter, Cheryl A.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v38 n5 p629-632 2012
This qualitative case study examined the perceived impact of immersion language study for pre-service teachers. The focus of the case was a month-long exploratory language and cultural immersion project in Costa Rica. The guiding questions were: what knowledge of teaching literacy do pre-service teachers reflect upon during a linguistic and cultural immersion experience and what connections do they make to their future profession, if any? The researchers solicited elementary education students who completed coursework in literacy methods and were prepared to student-teach. Data were gathered from observations, interviews and daily journals. The participants reflected upon the difficulties inherent in foreign language and cultural immersion; the researchers found applications to future classrooms, students, and communities.
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Literacy Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Immersion Programs, Researchers, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Reflection, Interviews, Observation, Diaries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica