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ERIC Number: EJ1235986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Reciprocal Learning in Teacher Education between Canada and China
Xu, Shijing
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v25 n6 p703-729 2019
The Preservice "Teacher Education Reciprocal Learning Programme" has been developed on a vision of bridging the East and West dichotomy by harmonising Eastern learning with Western knowledge. This programme is one of the two foundations for Xu and Connelly's 7-year Canada-China Reciprocal Learning Partnership in teacher education and school education in 2013-2020. The Programme, 'provide[s] an exceptional cross-cultural experience with international engagement … to broaden teacher candidates' horizons for a society of increasing diversity in today's globalized world'. This article's purposes are to discuss how "reciprocal learning" is both a concept and an approach for international and cross-cultural teacher education and school education and to present the learning outcomes and educational significance of the East-West reciprocal learning programme in teacher education. The Programme has created opportunities for both pre-service and in-service teachers to understand and appreciate a culture and educational system different from their own, thereby reciprocally contributing to educational opportunities for those they teach. The research theory and method utilised in this work are found in a companion paper in this special series and are briefly discussed below in the project overview and later in a discussion of student outcomes. This work has implications for other school settings where increasing immigrant student population and cultural diversity have become the norm.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China