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ERIC Number: EJ954570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
From Heads to Hearts: Digital Stories as Reflection Artifacts of Teachers' International Experience
Walters, Lynne M.; Green, Martha R.; Wang, Liangyan; Walters, Timothy
Issues in Teacher Education, v20 n2 p37-52 Fall 2011
Because most American teachers work with a diverse student population, they need to be interculturally competent to interact successfully with their students. One of the best hopes for developing cultural competence is through an international experience. As important as it is for teachers to have an international experience, it is even more important for them to reflect on their time abroad. Thus, for teachers, reflecting deeply on the concept of culture is a critical first step for taking action in the diverse classroom. Reflection is a process of turning experience into learning; a way to explore experience in order to learn new things from it. Narratives may be better vehicles for reflection than diaries or journals. Individuals can explain, understand, and account for experience through stories, which are constructed through the process of reflection on experience. By emphasizing certain aspects of the story, authors reveal what they perceive to be the elements of greatest importance. Digital storytelling integrates the art of the narrative with modern technology. The digital stories at all levels of reflection are more indicative of the impact of an international immersion experience on teachers' level of intercultural competence than the journals. In this article, the authors demonstrate how digital stories serve as reflection artifacts of teachers' international experience. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Texas; United States