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Swedish student teachers´ perspectives on their short field study in South Africa
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013), Institutionen för pedagogiska studier (from 2013).ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4817-0135
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013), Institutionen för samhälls- och kulturvetenskap (from 2013).
2018 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores if and in what way experiences from a short field study can contribute to student teachers intercultural learning and professional development. The paper is based on focus groups and individual interviews, with two groups of Swedish student teachers that undertook a two-week field study in South African schools. Researches on internationalisation in higher education especially trying to show intercultural learning in teacher education, often last several months or a whole year. Thus, there is a knowledge gap on students’ doing shorter field studies, which our study wants to help fill. The findings show that even a short field study has an important impact on the individual student teacher’s understanding of themselves and awareness of teachers’ living and working conditions in a different culture like South Africa.  It is impossible to conclude that the student teachers became more interculturally competent through this short field study. However, the student teachers in their reflections turn their attention back to their own national context for critical comparisons. As underlined by the student teachers, experiencing the context of teaching and learning and meeting people “in reality” is something that really “grabs your heart”. 

 

 

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2018.
Emneord [en]
Field study, intercultural competence, internationalization, student teachers
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Pedagogik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68957DiVA, id: diva2:1244495
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11th Annual International Southern African - Nordic Centre (SANORD) 2018 Conference. 15 - 17 August 2018, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-09-01 Laget: 2018-09-01 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-03bibliografisk kontrollert

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