Title

The impact of international student teaching experience on teacher identity and cultural competency

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

This study examined the impact an international teaching experience had on pre-service teachers' identity and cultural competency. A convenient sample of 17 (N = 17) college students was used for this study. Data were gathered through participants' pre- and post-self-reflective papers and two weekly reflective journals completed while abroad. Using qualitative methods the data analysis revealed four Themes and three Sub-themes: (1) Teacher Identity, (2) Cultural Competencies, with the Sub-themes of Communication Skills, Attitude and Behavior, Student-teacher Relationship, (3) Outside the "Comfort Zone" as the "Other," and (4) Empowering and Confidence-Boosting. The results indicated that such experiences can have a significant impact on pre-service teachers' identity and cultural competencies. Experiencing how it feels to be the "Other" and having to teach and live outside their "comfort zone" revealed to be empowering and fostered self-confidence for the pre-service teachers.

Publication Name

International Journal of Diversity in Education

Volume Number

15

First Page

17

Last Page

32

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/V15I03/40129

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