Does Student Teaching Abroad Affect Teacher Competencies? Perspectives from Iowa School Administrators
Action in Teacher Education
Based on a conceptual framework explaining the characteristics and learned traits gained from student teaching abroad, this study sought to identify common perceptions from hiring school administrators in the state of Iowa. A common question asked by teacher candidates is “Does my experience abroad help me acquire a teaching position?” The researcher-developed survey was distributed to 138 K-12 building principals within the state of Iowa. The schools were randomly chosen on the basis of the seven enrollment categories delineated by the Iowa Department of Education. The findings suggest that principals support research stating that undergraduates with student teaching experience abroad have an expanded “world view,” have increased respect for diverse cultures, and are more tolerant and understanding of educational differences and barriers to education. Further results indicate decreased support for research regarding enhanced levels of professional competence, ambition, and self-confidence. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
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Gilson, Timothy W. and Martin, Leigh C., "Does Student Teaching Abroad Affect Teacher Competencies? Perspectives from Iowa School Administrators" (2010). Faculty Publications. 2147.