Student Teaching Abroad Inter-group Outcomes: A Comparative, Country-specific Analysis

Binbin Jiang, Kennesaw State University
Debra J. Coffey, Kennesaw State University
Robert A. Devillar, Kennesaw State University
Sandra Bryan, Kennesaw State University


As student diversity becomes the norm in U.S. schools, future teachers must be comprehensively prepared to work with the increasingly diverse student population through application of informed instruction that enhances general and individual student learning and outcomes. Teacher Education programs increasingly promote student teaching in international settings as a substantive step to develop teachers who embody these new competencies and instructional practices. The proposed paper presentation offers a framework and analysis highlighting similarities and differences between two groups of student teachers in Belize (2005 and 2008). Findings are comparative and relate to the type and degree of (1) cultural-, professional-, and character-development influences on student teachers, and (2) emergent common intergroup patterns.