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“You Want Me to Lead?”: A Case Study of Pre-Service Teachers in an International Applied Learning Context in Belize

“You Want Me to Lead?”: A Case Study of Pre-Service Teachers in an International Applied Learning Context in Belize
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Author(s): Meredith Jones (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, USA) and Susan Catapano (University of Nebraska Kearney, Kearney, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Teacher Education and Professional Development (IJTEPD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Molly Y. Zhou (Dalton State College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJTEPD.2020010105

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Abstract

This case study explores the experiences of three American pre-service teachers participating in an international applied learning context in Belize. The pre-service teachers worked in San Pedro Town, Belize for a month with local teachers and children in primary grades. The applied learning context was a demonstration classroom located in the center of the city where local teachers and children would visit each day. The pre-service teachers were responsible for creating lessons and activities, then teaching the children in the demonstration classroom while the Belizean teachers observed. The pre-service teachers also provided professional development for the teachers in the teacher's classroom. Through this international applied learning experience, the pre-service teachers strengthened their teaching and leadership skills while exploring their cultural sensitivity living in a new culture and country. The lessons through international applied learning contexts can greatly influence pre-service teachers' teaching practices when they have their own classroom.

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