Sharing practice in an international context- a critique of the benefits of international exchanges for trainee teachers

Emma Whewell, Anna Cox, Kerstin Theinert

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Abstract

This reflective article is based on the experiences of two years of teacher training students from the University of Northampton and the Pedagogical University of Weingarten. This article looks more closely at the benefits that international exchange experiences have afforded the trainee teachers involved and how challenges to the process have been addressed. This reflection reveals the value of international exchanges in challenging perceptions and assumptions and how the thinking of the trainee teachers changed following the exchange. This study employs a qualitative approach drawing upon the reflections and experiences of the participants through written and spoken data. The findings reveal trainee teachers developed skills specific to teaching and in particular teaching languages, they also demonstrated an increased awareness of non teaching specific skills such as problem solving and intercultural sensitivity. The reflections offer an insight into how trainee teachers, use, interpret and subsequently act upon the experiences offered in an international exchange.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe eastern european journal of transnational relations
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • cultural awareness
  • intercural awareness
  • diversity
  • teacher training
  • exchange

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