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International practicum for what and on whose terms?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4817-0135
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

International practicum for what and on whose terms?

 

                                                                 Getahun Yacob Abraham

                                                                                       Senior Lecturer

                                                                                       Karlstad University

 

The aim of this paper is to investigate about the aims of international practicum and who is benefiting from it. If it is found that one side, the North or the South, is benefiting, to look at the possibilities to reconsider the practicum in order to benefit both. Review of literature in the field and my own experiences as a Swedish university lecturer involved in the teacher students practicum in the South will be the base for this paper. Some preliminary results of my literature review show that practicum in the South mainly focuses on giving the teacher students from the North the possibility of intercultural understanding with specific focus of dealing with change taking place at home, the diversity of students in classrooms (Abraham & von Brömssen, 2018; Bosire & Brigham, 2009;  Marx & Moss, 2011; Wiken & Klein, 2017). Long time experiences show that in the movement of students from the North to the South, the economically and politically dominant countries can dictate the terms (Bosire & Brigham, 2009; Yang, 2002). In addition to that the countries in the center gain more advantages than the countries in the periphery (Barnet & Reggie, 1995).

 

Keywords: Internationalization, International practicum, teacher students, North, South. 

 

References

 

Abraham, G.Y. & von Brömssen, K. (2018). Internationalisation in teacher education: Student teachers reflections on experiences from a field study in South Africa. Education Inquiry.  

https://www-tandfonline-com.bibproxy.kau.se/doi/full/10.1080/20004508.2018.1428035

 

Barnet, G.A. & Yingli Wu, R. (1995). The international student exchange network. 1970&1980, Higher Education, 30, 353-368.

 

Bosire, M.M. & Brigham, S. (2009). Preparing North American preserivice teachers for global perspectives: An international teaching practicum experiences in Africa, The Alberta Journal of Education Research, 55 (3), 415-428.

 

Marx, H. & Moss, D.M. (2011). Please mind the culture gap: Intercultural development during a teacher education study abroad program, Journal of Teacher Education, 62 (1), 35-37.

 

Wikan, G. & Klein, J. (2017). Can international practicum foster intercultural competence among teacher students? Journal of the European Teacher Education Network, 12, 95-104. 

 

Yang, R. (2002). University internationalization: Its meaning, rationales and implications, Intercultural Education, 13 (1), 81-95.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Internationalization, International practicum, teacher students, North, South.
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70519DiVA, id: diva2:1271572
Conference
Teacher Education and Diversity, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, 3-4 December 2018.
Available from: 2018-12-17 Created: 2018-12-17 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved

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