Intercultural teacher education: Identity work and ethical dilemmas on an international practicum

Jenny Chan, Graham Bruce Parr

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Interest is growing in the potential of international intercultural teaching practicums to connect students to international dimensions of education and to productively disturb the conceptions of teaching, diversity and culture that some pre-service teachers bring with them into their teaching. This paper reports on an international teaching practicum, wherein a cohort of preservice students from Australia undertakes a three week practicum in schools and communitybased settings in Johannesburg, South Africa. The practicum is part of an ongoing international project, which is now in its fourth year. It is supported by partnerships between universities in Australia and South Africa, and ongoing relationships with schools and NGOs in the host country. Using narrative-based inquiry methods, the authors inquire into the experiences of three cohorts of pre-service teachers who undertook the practicum from 2009-2011. They find that the pre-service teachers? experiences of this practicum in a developing country are usually positive, notwithstanding, or perhaps even because of, the ways in which the students have to grapple in deeply collegial ways with ethical dilemmas and other challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia-Pacific Education Research Association Conference: World Education Research Association Focal Meeting
EditorsJan Wright
Place of PublicationDeakin Australian Capital Territory Australia
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Pages1 - 19
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2012 - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20126 Dec 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2012
Abbreviated titleAARE 2012
OtherThe 2012 Annual Conference was a joint conference of AARE and APERA, incorporating a WERA Focal Meeting.

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