Franco-American Teachers-in-Training: A Study of Best Practices in Teaching and Studying Abroad
This paper presents a study that focuses on American pre-service teachers who taught in France from September to December 2009. The American participants were chosen to compare results with similar programs designed for American students studying abroad. It would be impossible to draw valid and reliable comparisons between the US and French programs because the two exchanges are very different. For future teachers, the intercultural competence they achieve abroad can help prepare them to meet the challenges of the increasingly diverse student population they will encounter in their classrooms when they return home and to be more capable of preparing citizens for the interconnected world of the 21st century.
Colville-Hall, S., & Adamowicz-Hariasz, M. (2010). Going global, a requirement for the 21st century: How teacher candidates and a community benefit from teachers abroad. Ohio Social Studies Review, 46, 48-55.
Cushner, K. (1998). International perspectives on intercultural education: An integrative approach. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Dowell, M.-M., & Mirsky, K. P. (2003). Study abroad: How to get the most out of your experience. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Engle, L., & Engle, J. (2003). Study abroad levels: Toward a classification of program types. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 9, 1-20.
Hammer, M.R., & Bennett, M. J. (1998/2004). The intercultural development inventory (IDI) manual. Portland, OR: Intercultural Communication Institute.
Karaman, A. C., & Tochon, F. V. (2010). Worldviews, Criticisms, and the Peer Circle: A Sstudy of the experiences of a student teacher in an overseas school. Foreign Language Annals 43 (4), 583-604.
Nadeau, J.-B., & Barlow, J. (2003). Sixty million Frenchmen can’t be wrong: Why we love France but not the French. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
National Council for Social Studies. (2010). National curriculum standards for social studies: A framework for teaching, learning, and assessment. Silver Spring, MD: National Council for Social Studies.
Paige, R. M., Jacobs-Cassutuo, M., Yershova, Y.A. & DeJaeghere, J. (2003). Assessing intercultural sensitivity: An empirical analysis of the Hammer and Bennett Intercultural Development inventory. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 27, 467-486.
Sanford, N. (1966). Self and society: Social change and development. New York: Atherton Press.
Vande Berg, M. (2007). Intervening in the learning of U.S. students. Journal of International Education, 11, 392-399.
Vande Berg, M. (2009). Intervening in student learning abroad: A researchbased inquiry. Intercultural Education ,20, 15-27.
Vande Berg, M., COnnor-Linton, J., and Paige, R.M. (2009). Interventions for student learning abroad.Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 18, 1-75