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An Examination of the Influences of an International Teaching Practicum on the Perspectives and Practices of Participating Teachers

Author:
Sciaky, Elizabeth Schramm
Degree Supervisor:
Hsiu-Zu Ho
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Teacher education and Educational evaluation
Keywords:
Teaching Abroad
Intercultural Competence
Culturally Responsive Teaching
International
Genres:
Online resources and Dissertations, Academic
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This study examines the ways in which an international teaching practicum influenced participants' perspectives about teaching, learning and schooling, and the ways that these new or changed perspectives materialized in the participants' teaching practice over the course of twelve months. To understand these influences, participants were given pre- and post- surveys that aimed to examine their intercultural competence, and were interviewed at three points in time after the completion of the international practicum. Their TEP supervisors were also interviewed. Findings revealed the ways in which participants made sense of their experiences abroad, and how the program supported (and possibly hindered) their sensemaking. Sensemaking was connected to changes in the participants' global awareness, critical consciousness, self-concept, and empathy. Participants felt that these personal impacts were related to corresponding changes in their teaching practices. They attempted to emulate their hosts, bring global awareness into their classrooms, and described culturally responsive practices and attitudes. Participants also reported that their international practicums influenced their professional marketability, goals, and decisions.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (195 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3668bct
ISBN:
9781339219080
Catalog System Number:
990045866050203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Elizabeth Sciaky
File Description
Access: Public access
Sciaky_ucsb_0035D_12760.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)