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

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

Brief Paper ID: 31896
  1. Martha Green
    Texas A&M University
  2. Lynne Walters
    Texas A&M University
  3. Liangyan Wang
    Texas A&M University

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).

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


Conference attendees are able to comment on papers, view the full text and slides, and attend live presentations. If you are an attendee, please login to get full access.