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ERIC Number: EJ843116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1945-9009
Building and Sustaining Short-Term Cross-Cultural Immersion Programs in Teacher Education
Ference, Ruth
AILACTE Journal, v3 p11-24 Fall 2006
Cross-cultural experiences in teacher education are an important part of multicultural education because they allow preservice teachers to examine their world view and develop culturally sensitive dispositions critical for teaching in our diverse society. Research has shown that effective cross-cultural experiences can lead to personal development, cultural understanding and sensitivity, and openness to cultural diversity. This article will describe how one college has successfully maintained a cross-cultural program for all education students since 1999. It will also discuss the effect of two immersion experiences on students' knowledge and dispositions about cultures different from their own. These experiences led to personal development, knowledge about other cultures, and more global understandings and allowed students to experience what it is like to be an outsider with language and communication barriers. Students also examined their world view and preconceived stereotypes as well as issues of social justice and racism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Italy