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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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August 21, 2014 | 9:02 am
Many teacher educators agree that teachers need intercultural competency skills in order to be effective educators in a 21st century classroom. Individuals and organizations in the teacher preparation space, however, disagree on what that competence looks like in the classroom and how to measure it in educators. Kenneth Cushner speaks and researches extensively on this topic – helping teacher educators understand the importance of interculturally competent teachers and providing guidance on how to measure, nurture, and recognize these skills in educators at all levels.  He is a professor of Education at Kent State University.Cushner notes that teaching for intercultural competence is a multi-faceted, complex process, with challenges unique to teacher preparation. It requires enhancing the intercultural knowledge of teacher educators so they can then transfer that knowledge to their pre-service teachers. Teacher educators must also teach future educators how to transfer intercultural... read more
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June 4, 2014 | 12:45 pm
All of the reports, articles, books, and other resources referenced on the Global Teacher Education Website can be found here.  All references are listed alphabetically.  To recommend a reference, contact us, email us, or upload a reference to our site (you do not need to include an attachment or document, just a reference will suffice).Books and Book ChaptersAnzaldúa, Gloria E. (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera: The new metiza.  San Francisco, CA:  Spinters/Aunt Lute Books.Sen, Amartya. (1999). Development as freedom.  New York: Anchor Books.Cushner, Kenneth & Brennan, Sharon. (2007). Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Education.Goodwin, A. Lin & Oyler, Celia.  (2008).  "Teacher Educators at Gatekeepers:  Deciding who is ready to teach."  In Handbook of Research in Teacher Education:  Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, third edition.  Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon; McIntyre, D. John.;... read more
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April 10, 2014 | 8:46 am
Discussion QuestionsClick links to participate in the dicussion (requires registration)1.  What is the intercultural readiness of American educators?2.  How do you measure global competence in your teacher candidates?3.  In the presentation, Dr. Cushner noted, "Intercultural sensitivity is not natural..."  Do you agree or disagree?4.  What activities or readings do you use to develop intercultural competence in your teacher candidates?Visit our Discussion Forum to post additional questions and continue the conversation.GTE would like to thank: Kenneth Cushner, from Kent State University, for his engaging presentationJennifer Manise, from the Longview Foundation, for moderatingAsia Society Partnership for Global Learning for providing the webinar platform
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March 19, 2014 | 9:46 am
Please consider completing this survey to support research on overseas student teaching.  Also, share this link with others who may be able to contribute.Study title: Faculty and staff opinions towards overseas student teaching/internationalizationThis research is being conducted to better understand faculty and staff opinions regarding international student teaching and the internationalization of schools/colleges of education. Your participation in completing this online survey is greatly appreciated.The survey responses will be used for research and may be used for publication in educational journals and at educational conferences in order to better inform educators regarding the concept of intercultural sensitivity.Thank you!Direct Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JQCQRMQ 
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March 7, 2014 | 1:06 pm
by Emily LiebtagWhile the student population grows increasingly more diverse, the pre-service population is becoming more homogenous, creating a cultural mismatch between teachers and the students they teach.  One challenge for teacher preparation programs arising from this mismatch is to facilitate intercultural sensitivity and learning among prospective teachers (Causey, Thomas, & Armento, 2000). International student teaching programs are a potential solution for the mismatch of teacher and student cultures and provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers' to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002).International student teaching programs provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002) and develop some of the skills necessary to teach diverse learners. Unfortunately, less than 5% of education majors are getting exposure to people or cultures unlike their own through an international experience (education... read more
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March 7, 2014 | 12:27 pm
by Emily LiebtagFuture teachers need to be prepared to teach any type of learner, regardless of their background or culture. Due to the rather monocultural nature of the teaching workforce, it is vitally important to determine the ideal preparation and training methods to prepare our future teachers to be culturally responsive. Student diversity requires that teachers be interculturally competent and that their teacher preparation programs provide them opportunities to acquire intercultural and/or global competency skills as well as the ability to apply those skills to their classrooms.  International student teaching experiences have had positive impacts on developing the intercultural competence of participants – one component of culturally responsive teaching – and should be a focus for teacher education programs. ​A Cultural Mismatch Between Student and TeacherStudents in the United States are steadily growing more diverse – as evidenced in the GTE article Making the Case.  For... read more
Posted by: Emily Liebtag
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February 27, 2014 | 9:11 am
Each college of education has its own leadership style, way of doing business, and community of learners within their faculty.  Because of these hallmark personalities, legal and accreditation complexities, and historically ingrained approaches, cross-institution collaboration can be especially challenging. As with any project, formal partnerships of this kind require well-defined roles, respect for deadlines, agreement on a common approach for tackling the work, and even formal agreements such as memoranda of understanding. When done well, however, learning shared across institutions can be significant.Accross the country, different institutions are partnering to facilitate internationalization goals. Faculty collaborators from The University of Akron, Kent State University and Miami University, Ohio recently worked together for two years to build a fellowship program and to collaborate on a template for an undergraduate global education certificate. Global Learning Scholars from the... read more
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January 2, 2014 | 11:01 am
By Annelise Hammond-Mulack and Shu Ching ChangResearchers seeking resources on internationalizing teacher education often turn to these key resources and organizations:Internationalizing Teacher Education, published at the NAFSA websiteResources for Internationalizing Teacher Education, a list provided by Educators AbroadResources for Internationalizing Education, links provided by the Consortium for Overseas Student TeachingTeacher Preparation for Global Age, a report published by the Longview Foundation.When specifically seeking information about overseas student teaching, the book Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence is often identified as a leading resource.  The Resources for International Field Experiences page on GTE provides more information about these resources.A wide body of literature focused on international field experiences is available in journals and other publications. This annotated bibliography summarizes the literature available as a... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm
Whether you are a pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for your student teaching experience, a faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to your students, or a dean who wants to support student teaching abroad in your college, this list of resources can assist you in the process.Global Teacher Education offers several articles and an annotated bibliography on international field experiences for researchers interested in this topic, and suggests the following resources:Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global CompetenceThis book, edited by Kenneth Cushner and Sharon Brennan, provides a comprehensive set of resources on international student teaching opportunities.  The chapters explore a wide range of topics, including making a case for providing international field experiences, considerations for establishing a program abroad, suggestions for preparing students, and research on the impact of these experiences. ... read more

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