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November 3, 2014 | 9:50 am
By Sydney MerzInternationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and PracticeEdited by Suniti Sharma, JoAnn Phillion, Jubin Rahatzad, and Hannah L. SasserCharlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2014ISBN 978-1-62396-604-1 PB $45.99; HB, $85.99198 pagesThis edited book contains a preface, series forward, editorial introduction, 10 chapters, and final section that details information about the authors and editors. Internationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and Practice brings together multiple researchers in teacher education to intersect research dimensions of international and/or cross-cultural experiences, teacher education, and social justice, including some well-known scholars in these fields (such as Kenneth Cushner, Barbara Garii and Laura Stachowski).  Additionally, the editors house the work through the authors’ commitment of personal, passionate and participatory inquiry to create educational change.  This... read more
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March 28, 2014 | 10:39 am
It’s not easy for students from other cultures to adapt to a new environment. It’s not any easier for teachers—our own cultural biases and assumptions may mean the difference between making a student, parent, or colleague feel welcome, or making that person feel like an outsider.Develop your intercultural competence in Crossing Cultures I: Self Awareness. This course will help you improve your effectiveness in interacting with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. By learning intercultural theories, including a cultural value framework, you’ll gain a greater awareness of your own cultural background, as well as acquire tools to interact appropriately and effectively with people from a variety of cultures.In this course designed to promote cross-cultural understanding, you’ll learn from your fellow educators, as well as participate in several intercultural interactions with others outside of this course. The skills you gain in this course will help you encourage and value... read more
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March 7, 2014 | 1:19 pm
What a Difference a Global Education Paradigm for Social Studies Teacher Education Can Make from jrharshman
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June 26, 2013 | 6:48 pm
Indiana University (IU) has a long history of embracing internationalization in its School of Education.  When W. W. Wright became the second dean of the college in 1946, he expressed a clear commitment to global engagement that is even more apparent today under the leadership of Dean Gerardo Gonzalez. “Globally competent pedagogy and preparing globally competent teachers through research, theory, and best practices is integral to our mission,” notes Gonzalez.  “It is the fabric of our program.”   Campus Wide Foundation of SupportAs an institution, IU is dedicated to internationalization.  The University’s core curriculum includes a six-credit hour world languages and cultures requirement, which may be fulfilled by taking courses in world cultures or languages or through an international experience – such as study abroad – for at least six weeks.  As a required element of a students’ overall course load, the requirement shows that the institution is committed to ensuring all of their... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:18 pm
Providing opportunities on the home campus or in the local community for prospective teachers to engage with people from other countries or cultural backgrounds that differ from their own can be a time- and cost-effective way to broaden horizons. Students who are unable or reluctant to leave the country can be introduced to international students, visiting faculty, or immigrants in ways that help them learn about the world and build their cross-cultural skills. Appalachian State University facilitates intercultural interactions through its Appalacian Community of Education Scholars program.  Students are provided the option to live with international and exchange students in a globally focused living-learning center through the program, which allows them to meet and interact with students from a variety of different national and cultural backgrounds.Other institutions have created programs to partner international students who want to improve their English with education students for... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:15 pm
Here is a quick summary of elements to consider when internationalizing teacher preparation programs.  This section of the website explores many different aspects of internationalization in teacher preparation.When revising teacher preparation programs, ensure that:General education coursework helps each prospective teachers develop deep knowledge of at least one world region, culture, or global issue, and facility in one language in addition to English. Professional education courses teach the pedagogical skills to enable future teachers to teach the global dimensions of their subject matter. GTE offers information by subject, including English language arts, mathematics, physical education and health, science, social studies, and visual and performing arts.International and domestic field experiences support the development of pre-service teachers’ global perspectives. There are incentives, not barriers, to faculty at all levels engaging in this work. All work aligns to the global... read more