Study Abroad Australia: Practice and Research

Johnell Bentz, Jamie N. Pearson, Allison Witt

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Research findings suggest that teaching experiences abroad have a significant impact on participant outcomes and perceptions; however, findings have also indicated that short-term experiences in particular, may not have the same impact as long-term study abroad experiences. This chapter highlights the facilitators and challenges of planning and developing a short-term, faculty-led experience abroad to Australia for preservice teachers. This three-week study abroad experience included immersive experiences and a commitment to critically examining issues surrounding diversity. The authors also describe a research study that was embedded in the study abroad program, known as Photovoice. Photovoice was employed as a means to document the preservice teachers' experiences and perceptions related to diversity. Participant photos and descriptions represent student perceptions of how diversity is represented in Australian schools and society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Efficacy and Implementation of Study Abroad Programs for P-12 Teachers
EditorsHeejung An
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781522510581
ISBN (Print)9781522510574
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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