Understanding the long-term impact of an overseas immersion programme on pre-service teachers’ learning to teach: a Hong Kong case

Baohua YU, Feng DING*, Rui Eric YUAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The present study seeks to explore the long-term impact of an overseas immersion programme on pre-service teachers’ professional learning in Hong Kong. In-depth interviews with 11 pre-service teachers about their immersion experiences and post-immersion learning revealed their professional gains and challenges brought by their exposure to different cultures and educational systems in foreign countries. In particular, they reported on the sustained influences of immersion on their cultural awareness and pedagogical thinking in their current classroom teaching practice. The paper concludes with suggestions for the improvement of immersion programmes as an important component of current pre-service teacher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-58
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Studies
Volume48
Issue number1
Early online date20 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This study is supported by the Teaching Enhancement Initiatives Fund (TEIF) [Ref: T9000] funded by the Education University of Hong Kong to the first author.

Keywords

  • Immersion programme
  • intercultural competence
  • pre-service teaching
  • professional development

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