Fact or Fiction? Analyzing Institutional Barriers and Individual Responsibility to Advance the Internationalization of Teacher Education

Jul. 30, 2010

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 21 Issue 1 (March 2010), pages 7 – 18.

We live in a global age, and our schools and teachers must prepare today's students to take their places as global citizens. Such education requires an awareness of the world, its people, and its conditions. Some of the ways we may achieve such awareness include infusing a global perspective into the curriculum, sending students overseas, or bringing foreign educators to our schools.

This article concentrates on the extent to which teacher education programs support, advocate, and broadcast one such opportunity for increased global awareness - overseas student teaching. The article also examines whether state laws prohibit such experience, and the degree to which our states are open to foreign teachers.

Through survey of states and content analysis of websites of 409 NCATE accredited institutions, conclusions are drawn regarding institutional commitment to internationalization in teacher education.

Updated: Oct. 12, 2010