The professional learning of teacher educators leading international professional experience

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Abstract

In this article, the professional learning of teacher educators leading international professional experience (IPE) is examined. There is a growing body of research on the learning of pre-service teachers who undertake a period of professional experience in international contexts, but much less is known about the experiences of the academics who lead these programs. This knowledge is important because the success of such programs for pre-service teachers depends largely on the quality of the planning, preparation, and leadership of these as educational experiences. Based on data collected in semistructured interviews with 10 teacher educators who have led IPE to a variety of global locations, this article outlines the professional learning gained from leading a group of pre-service teachers on 3-week IPEs. Findings include the importance of building professional relationships with others involved in the IPE, including the pre-service teachers, school staff, and communities, and the impact of the experience on the development of teacher educator identities and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-510
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • international professional experience
  • teacher educator professional learning
  • teacher educator identity
  • teacher education

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