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Developing Intercultural Competence among Pre-Service Teachers through International Student Teaching

Cunningham, Heather B. (2015) Developing Intercultural Competence among Pre-Service Teachers through International Student Teaching. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This ethnographic methods study examines how an international student teaching (IST) program may help to prepare pre-service teachers (PSTs) for culturally diverse U.S. classrooms. Participants in the study take part in month-long IST program in Mexico City, Mexico. The study explores two related questions: what PSTs say they learn about intercultural competence during an IST experience, and what PSTs report as learning opportunities in international school classrooms that are difficult to transfer into the U.S. context. Two conclusions are offered. First, study findings suggest that IST programs may develop “cultural noticing” ability among participants. Cultural noticing is conceptualized as a foundational capacity of intercultural competence, and development of this capacity may contribute to PSTs’ success in culturally diverse U.S. classrooms. Second, PSTs report that they struggle to transfer lessons learned about teaching in international classrooms into U.S. urban contexts with culturally diverse students. Implications for theory, research, and practice are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cunningham, Heather B.HLB34@pitt.eduHLB34
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMilner, H. Richardrmilner@pitt.eduRMILNER
Committee MemberCrawford, Patriciapcrawfor@pitt.eduPCRAWFOR
Committee MemberCreamer, Jennifer
Committee MemberMyers, John
Date: 17 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 August 2015
Approval Date: 17 September 2015
Submission Date: 17 August 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 245
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: international student teaching, intercultural competence, study abroad, urban education, teacher preparation
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 19:29
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:30


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