Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs
This chapter studies 21 preservice teachers' blog reflections about working in an Italian classroom and living with a host family during a four-week study abroad program in Northern Italy. During the program, preservice teachers were required to blog about their experiences living and studying abroad using personal blog sites. To encourage more candid reflection about the program, the blog posts could be related to any aspect of the program preservice teachers chose to reflect on. After setting the context of the study through description of the study abroad program and its requirements, the authors present qualitative findings regarding preservice teachers' (a) thoughts related to their observations of Italian classrooms, (b) thoughts related to becoming an Italian language learner, and (c) lessons learned from the study abroad experience. Findings discuss preservice teachers' reflections on making sense of educational and cultural differences, experiences as Italian language learners, and opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Original Publication Citation
Colwell, J., Nielsen, D., Bradley, B., A. , & Spearman, M. (2016). Preservice teacher reflections about short-term summer study abroad experiences in Italy. In A. R. Joan & M. M. Tammy (Eds.), Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (pp. 91-111). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-9672-3.ch006
Colwell, Jaime; Nielsen, Diane; Bradley, Barbara A.; and Spearman, Mindy, "Preservice Teacher Reflections About Short-Term Summer Study Abroad Experiences in Italy" (2016). Teaching & Learning Faculty Publications. 139.