Date of Award

5-29-2014

Document Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community

Department

Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum

Committee Chair

Mary Ann McGarry

Committee Member

Kathleen Norris

Committee Member

Gara B. Field

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine how educators perceive that international travel study experiential teacher learning impacts their educational practice and contributes to creating globalized classrooms. This study incorporated a qualitative research grounded theory approach whereby five educators were interviewed. Coding and analysis of the data –transcribed stories –led to the discovery and development of a Continuum of Seven Stages, which educators progressed through personally and professionally as a result of traveling internationally. In addition, A Blueprint for Globalizing the Classroom was created from the multiple pedagogical practices identified by teachers as being effective strategies for key student outcomes. The Continuum and the Blueprint can be used as valuable models to encourage educators to travel and globalize their classrooms.

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