Developing culturally competent teachers: An international student teaching field experience

Michelle Salmona, Margaret Partlo, Dan Kaczynski, Simon LEONARD

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    This study offers a theoretical construct for better understanding how experiential learning enables student teachers to acquire social and cultural variation skills, develop cultural empathy in the K-12 classroom, and the transference of these skills to new educational situations. An Australian and United States research team used a phenomenological approach to explore the connections between the skills student teachers acquire and the application of these newly developed skills to professional practices. Participants were a group of United States pre-teachers who enrolled in a 5 week teaching experience in Australia. Findings show that participation in cultural based events is part of a complex decision making process. The variety of cultures that now exist in schools requires new teachers to obtain and apply a skillset that promotes manoeuvrability through, and an understanding of the many definitions of culture. A better understanding of this process may strengthen curricula and improvements in teacher education program delivery and further enhance higher education study-abroad international partnerships.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-53
    Number of pages19
    JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
    Volume40
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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    Salmona, Michelle ; Partlo, Margaret ; Kaczynski, Dan ; LEONARD, Simon. / Developing culturally competent teachers: An international student teaching field experience. In: Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 2015 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 35-53.
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