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Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

Advisor(s)

Diane Wilcox

Jane Thall

Michele Estes

Abstract

Globalization and the state of the world today increase the demands and pressures on nations. The preparation of teachers requires the elevation of international knowledge and experiences to address the diverse needs of societies. This study investigated the effects of study abroad programs on teachers’ personal and professional development. A mixed of data collection methodology consisting of quantitative and qualitative methods were utilized in this study. Thirty-two teachers who experienced a study abroad program were surveyed and 3 educators who accompanied teachers abroad were interviewed. The findings of this study suggested that international experiences have significant effects on teachers’ professional and personal development. In addition, the international experience increased teachers’ cultural awareness, global perspectives, and self-efficacy. Variables such as adaptability and flexibility, communication skills, and language learning were also common themes found within response patterns.

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