INFUSING GLOBAL COMPETENCE IN CLASSROOMS THROUGH SHORT TERM TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ABROAD

Rajeeb L Das, Mary Risner, Mandy Monroe

Abstract


This exploratory study examines the effects of a short term study abroad on mid-career kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) teachers. The group of U.S. teachers traveled to Belize to gain hands on knowledge about the sciences in an international context, which they have since been able to implement in their classes. This article argues for the value of short term study abroad in internationalizing curriculum. The authors describe the Belize program, its implementation and evaluation, and provide recommendations for future programs of a similar nature. Data collection included pre and post surveys, journals, observations, field notes, and a long term post-program survey. Evaluation was used to measure how the experience influenced professional and personal development, to describe any impacts in the K-12 classroom, and to improve future study abroad programs.


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