Date of Award

12-21-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Xu, Shijing

Keywords

cross-culture, narrative inquiry, reciprocal learning, teacher candidates

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This is a narrative study, exploring the perspectives of Canadian teacher candidates’ cross-cultural learning experiences in China as a result of their involvement in the Reciprocal Learning Program between the University of Windsor in Canada and Southwest University in China. The study builds on my two years of participation as a graduate assistant in the Reciprocal Learning Program, which is part of the SSHRC Partnership Grant Project between Canada and China. This study focuses on five participants’ personal and professional understanding of cross-cultural knowledge. Based on Connelly and Clandinin’s (1988) narrative inquiry, this study finds some changes from the participants’ cross-cultural perspectives. The findings provide insights for developing pre-service teacher education. In addition, the cross-cultural experiences enhanced teacher candidates’ motivation to advance their educational careers and will broaden their future students’ horizons with a global perspective relevant to the increasingly diverse society in Canada.

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