Creating an Ecology of Affordances to Allow Australian Pre-service Teachers to Get to Know and Make Sense of China
This chapter reports the reflections of two Australian teacher educators, captured through their planning emails, as they accompanied a group of Australian pre-service teachers on a short-term international experience (STIE) in China in June 2014. The ten pre-service teachers would, among other things, encounter culturally embedded (many of them ‘linguistic’) differences as they ‘got to know’ and ‘made sense of’ China. The two teacher educators capture their own conceptualisation of pre-service teachers’ processes of learning-to-know for framing of such student mobility programs in the future.
KeywordsEcology Affordances Pre-service teachers China Australia Intercultural Cross-cultural
- Australian Education International. (2013). AsiaBound grants program. Barton: Australian Education International. https://aei.gov.au/International-network/Australia/studentmobility/Pages/AsiaBound-Grants-Program0416-7029.aspx. Accessed 8 Sept 2014.Google Scholar
- Bodycott, P. B., & Crew, V. (2000). The value of short-term over-seas English language immersion courses. The Language Teacher, 24(9), 27–33.Google Scholar
- Bodycott, P. B., & Crew, V. (Eds.). (2001). Language and cultural immersion: Perspectives on short-term study and residence abroad. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education Publications.Google Scholar
- Byram, M., & Feng, A. (Eds.). (2006). Living and studying abroad: Research and practice. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.Google Scholar
- Commonwealth of Australia. (2009). Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Annual report 2008–09. Barton: DEEWR. https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/annual_report_200809_part_1.pdf. Accessed 8 Sept 2014.Google Scholar
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. (2014). New Colombo plan: Scholarship program. http://www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program.html. Accessed 8 Sept 2014.
- diSessa, A. A. (2000). Does the mind know the difference between the physical and social worlds? In L. Nucci, G. B. Saxa, & E. Turiel (Eds.), Culture, thought, and development (pp. 141–166). Mahwah: LEA.Google Scholar
- Driscoll, P., Rowe, J. E., & Thomae, M. (2014). The sustainable impact of a short comparative teaching placement abroad on primary school language teachers’ professional, linguistic and cultural skills. The Language Learning Journal, 42(3), 307–320. doi:10.1080/-9571736.2014.917332.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Greeno, J. G., & Nokes-Malach, T. J. (2014). Situative cognition. NAPLES Presentation. Retrieved from http://isls-naples.psy.lmu.de/intro/all-webinars/greeno-nokes-malach/index.html.
- Halse, C. (1999). Encountering cultures: The impact of study tours to Asia on Australian teachers and teaching practices. Melbourne: Asia Education Foundation.Google Scholar
- Harbon, L. (2007). Short term international experiences and teacher language awareness. International Education Journal, 8(1), 229–243.Google Scholar
- Harbon, L., & Atmazaki, A. (2002). Stories of raw green chillies and unlocked cupboards: The value of in-country experiences for languages teachers. Babel, 36(3), 23–29.Google Scholar
- Heron, J., & Reason, P. (1997). Participative knowing and an extended epistemology. Paper presented at the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry. www.human-inquiry.com/partknow.htm. Accessed 8 Sept 2014.
- Hill, R. J., Thomas, N., & Coté, J. (1997). Into Asia: Australian teaching practicums in Asia. Carlton: Asia Education Foundation.Google Scholar
- Malewski, E., Sharma, S., & Phillion, J. (2012). How international field experiences promote cross-cultural awareness in preservice teachers through experiential learning: Findings from a six-year collective case study. Teachers College Record, 114(8), 1–44.Google Scholar
- Moran, P. R. (2001). Teaching culture: Perspectives in practice. Boston: Heinle and Heinle.Google Scholar
- Morrison, D., & Collins, A. (1995). Epistemic fluency and constructivist learning environments. Educational Technology, 35(Sept/Oct) 39–45.Google Scholar
- Sandoval, W. A., Bell, P., Coleman, E., Enyedy, N., & Suthers, D. (2000), April 25. Designing knowledge representations for learning epistemic practices of science. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans. www.aera.edu Accessed 8 Sept 2014.
- Thomlinson, T. D. (1991 Feb 22). Effects of a study-abroad program on university students: Toward a predictive theory of intercultural contact. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Intercultural and Communication Conference, Miami. Eric Document: ED 332 629.Google Scholar