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In these uncertain times: Educators build cultural awareness through planned international experiences
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TATE Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This narrative inquiry explored the effectiveness of planned international experiences in promoting cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation among American educators. Participating educators (n=12) were immersed in foreign cultures for 2–3 weeks during three different summers. To document the effectiveness of cultural immersion, participants completed pre- and post-visit surveys. Pre-visit data showed lack of cultural awareness. After the visit, however, participants had gained broader awareness, understanding and appreciation of host cultures such that familiar cultural practices were rarely used as the only point of reference. Follow-up interviews showed possible sustained acculturation.

Citation

Kambutu, J. & Nganga, L.W. (2008). In these uncertain times: Educators build cultural awareness through planned international experiences. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 24(4), 939-951. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 14, 2020 from .

This record was imported from Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies on January 31, 2019. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies is a publication of Elsevier.

Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2007.08.008

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