International Teacher Professional Development: Teacher Reflections of Authentic Teaching and Learning Experiences

Aug. 30, 2010

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 21 Issue 1 (March 2010), pages 47 – 59.

This paper examines 21 biliteracy teachers who studied and taught in schools through an eight-week in-service professional development program with indigenous children in the state of Altacomulco, Mexico.

In the process of documenting their international teaching experiences, a study was conducted to ascertain biliteracy teachers' development of their teaching ideology as a result of their participation and critical reflection, using Spanish as the primary mode of instruction.

Five themes are discussed:

globally minded teachers;
linguistic and culturally relevant curriculum;
passionate pedagogy (amorosidad);
community authentic engagement; and
political and ideological clarity.

Updated: Oct. 12, 2010