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ERIC Number: EJ1202734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Catalyzing Cultural and Global Competencies: Engaging Preservice Teachers in Study Abroad to Expand the Agency of Citizenship
Byker, Erik Jon; Putman, S. Michael
Journal of Studies in International Education, v23 n1 p84-105 Feb 2019
Study abroad is an experiential learning pedagogy that has many positive outcomes. In the field of teacher education, study abroad provides opportunity for the development of global competencies and agency. Similarly, study abroad can help expand notions of what it means to be a global citizen. This article examines the effects of preservice teachers engaging in a study abroad program to South Africa. Critical Cosmopolitan Theory provides the article's theoretical frame for the investigation of the impact of this study abroad program. The study's participant sample comprised preservice teachers from a large research university located in the Southeast region of the United States (N = 21). Using a mixed-methods research design, the study examined the participants' perceptions of their study abroad and international teaching experiences. It was found that the study abroad experience was a catalyst for enhancing preservice teachers' global competencies, intercultural awareness, and cultural responsiveness as the participants widened their perspectives of what it means to be a critically cosmopolitan educator and citizen.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa