Impact Analysis of Student Teaching Abroad on Former Students’ Professional Teaching in K-12 Schools in US

By Abalo Adewui.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper reports findings yielded by a qualitative study involving 9 former student teachers who translated their teaching abroad experiences in their professional teaching back home in the USA after completing an eight week student teaching in a nontraditional setting abroad. Four themes emerged through van Manen’s (1989) selective highlighting approach and were categorized as (1) impact at personal level, (2) impact at classroom level, (3) impact at school level, and (4) impact at community level. Contrary to claims that students returning from student teaching abroad may find themselves lonely with nobody to share their experiences ( Cushner, 2004), the analysis of the emergent themes revealed a significant overall impact on K-12 audiences and beyond.

Keywords: Study Abroad, Field Specific, Professional Teaching, Life Changing Experience, K-12 Schools, Impact Analysis

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.312KB).

Prof. Abalo Adewui

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Central Michigan University, Midland, Michigan, USA

Dr. Adewui is originally from Togo on the West Coast of Africa. He earned a BA in Applied linguistics at Benin University, an MA/TESOL at Leicester University( England), an Msc/EMA at Heriot Watt University Edingburgh ( Scotland) and a Ed.D. in Curriculum instruction and supervision at Oklahoma State University. Has taught English as a Foreign and Second language, assumed supervisory roles in public and private schools in Togo. His Teaching areas include curriculum inquiry, qualitative research methods, Social foundation, Critical theory, International /comparative education and Student teaching. Research interests include supervision in teacher education, student teaching abroad. He places and supervises US student teachers in Michigan K-12 schools and Abroad, precisely in nontraditional setting such as in Africa.

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