The global education practicum: perspectives from accompanying academics

Catherine Lang, Marcelle Cacciattolo, Gillian Claire Kidman

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    The benefits of international education experiences for students are well documented. The effect on the individual of international experiences has been researched and theorised by authors for at least the last 20 years. In this paper the experiences of three academics who accompanied pre-service teachers on a 3 week international practicum are examined through the prism of intercultural confidence and competence. Accompanying academic Juliet reflects on dealing with the added difficulties the pre-service teachers encountered as a result of their inexperience in classroom settings. Accompanying academic Paula reflects on the challenges of “teaching-out-of-field.” Accompanying academic Sue reflects on the social and transitional challenges experienced when supporting pre-service teachers who collectively had issues related to health, safety, and interpersonal relationships. These lived experiences provide a richer understanding of the role of international partnerships in contributing to academic growth and increasing intercultural competency in tandem with their students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-161
    Number of pages17
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017


    • Intercultural competency
    • international practicum
    • study abroad programmes
    • teacher educator

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