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Changing Views about International Activities in American Teacher Education Programs

This paper provides a historical overview of international education trends in U.S. colleges, including teacher education programs, comparing current research with data from the 1970s. In 2000, deans and department chairs of the American Association of colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE's) 735 member institutions were sent a 31-item questionnaire, and 59 institutions from 29 states responded. The survey examined institutional demographics and the presence or absence of several international activities over the past 5 years (institutional profile; faculty involvement; international student enrollment; curriculum; inter- institutional, international agreements, distance education, and networking; and issues and priorities). Overall, most international activities increased with time, but not at the same rates or in the same places. The most frequent type of faculty involvement was travel abroad. Foreign student enrollment increased significantly since the 1970s. Study abroad programs were widely available at most institutions as compared to the 1970s. About 70 percent of institutions had signed inter-institutional agreements in the past 5 years, but only 45 percent had approved mutual recognition agreements. Respondents from all institutional types highlighted such priority issues as providing opportunities for students to study or work abroad, for faculty to study or work abroad, and admitting international students. Questionnaire from study is appended. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)

  • Contributor: Pickert, Sarah
  • Date Published: 07-00
  • Year: 2001

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