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