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Linking Research and Training in Internationalization of Teacher Education with the PEERS Program: Issues, Case Studies and Perspectives

Edited By Jean-Luc Gilles

The PEERS program proposes international exchanges adapted to the context of teacher training institutions wishing to take advantage of internationalization in order to link training, research, and practice. PEERS is based on the completion of Research and Innovation (R&I) projects during the academic year, during which international groups of professors and students from teacher training partner institutions collaborate remotely as well as during two placements of one week. For the students, the PEERS program aims to develop competencies in distance collaboration with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the management of intercultural groups, and the continuous improvement of their activities through reflective thinking and the spirit of research. For the professors the PEERS program aims to better link research and training, to reinforce their skills in the management of international research projects and to foster opportunities for international publications.

The aim of this collective book is to give an overview of the Issues, case studies and perspectives of the PEERS program. The first section entitled "Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges for the Internationalization of Teacher Training in a Globalized, Multicultural, and Connected World", focuses on the foundations and general features of PEERS projects, as well as the context of globalization in the intercultural and connected world in which it is situated.

The second section, "Case Studies and Lessons Learned from the PEERS Project in Southern Countries" constitutes a series of chapters presenting case studies on PEERS projects focused on innovation and cooperation in the developing world. The third section, "Results of Research-Oriented PEERS Projects," considers the results from PEERS projects that have enabled the implementation of theoretical and practical educational research, generally taking the form of small-case research studies or innovations in the design of teaching units. Finally, in the conclusion we propose to present the key points of the three sections that make up this book "Linking Research and Training in Internationalization of Teacher Education with the PEERS Program: Issues, Case Studies and Perspectives".

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Chapter 16: Ideology, Culture and Language Preparing International and Critically Conscious Teachers: Difficulties and Advantages of a PEERS Project Focusing on Interculturalism (Rosanna Margonis-Pasinetti)

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Rosanna Margonis-Pasinetti

rosanna.margonis-pasinetti@hepl.ch

University of Teacher Education, State of Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland

Chapter 16: Ideology, Culture and Language Preparing International and Critically Conscious Teachers: Difficulties and Advantages of a PEERS Project Focusing on Interculturalism

Abstract

For three consecutive years, a group of students from the University of Teacher Education of State of Vaud (HEP Vaud), and from the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU), has collaborated to define a student exchange project. Three students from each institution engaged in individual projects implemented in two particular contexts: foreign language classes in the school system of Vaud, and bilingual education in the California public school system. Through a methodology based on pre and post reflection, interviews, and questionnaires to focus groups, the projects intended to explore how teachers addressed challenges in multilingual and multicultural classes. Students and faculty from both institutions focused on specific issues of research including how educational systems address the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students; effective pedagogical approaches to implementing interculturalism; and implementing critical thinking, technology, and collaboration within the day-to-day teaching and learning practices.←287 | 288→

“I will never teach in the same way again!”

A student during the exchange

1. Introduction

The main aim of this article is not to outline the methods of collection and analysis resulting in a series of rigorously scientific research results, but rather to acknowledge the number and...

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