Digital Stories as Reflection Artifacts:Assessing the Impact of International Immersion on Teachers’ Level of Intercultural Competence

ID: 31896 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Martha Green, Lynne Walters, and Liangyan Wang, Texas A&M University, China

Wednesday, March 9 4:20-4:40 PM Location: Edgewood

Presider: Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, Arkansas State University, United States

Abstract: This study uses a qualitative research paradigm to assess the impact of an international immersion experience on teachers’ level of intercultural competence. Participants recorded daily events in individual journals during a thirty-one day trip to China. Each teacher constructed a digital story based on a meaningful personal experience upon return. Journals provided an account of what happened. Reflection on events lead to re-evaluation of experience; seeking relationships, finding patterns and meaning, relating new ideas to prior knowledge (Boud, 2001, p. 14). Digital stories became reflection artifacts that provided a window into the level of individual change (Renda, 2010).

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