Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel

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R&L Education, 2004 - Education - 165 pages
If young people are to be adequately prepared for a complex and interdependent global society, educational experiences must consider the broader world in which teachers and their students live. Teachers can be central to the process of intercultural development, and must encourage and model an intercultural orientation for their young students as well as for their communities. A critical dimension of achieving intercultural understanding and competence is personal experience. In Beyond Tourism, Kenneth Cushner examines the development of intercultural competence through various dimensions of student travel and intercultural encounters, both for the classroom teacher conducting group travel as well as individuals embarking upon student exchange programs, intensive summer experiences, and international student teaching. The author examines: aspects of cross-cultural orientation, trip planning and preparation, intercultural adjustment, in-country experience and post-experience impact through his experiences of organizing and leading international and intercultural educational programs for children, pre-service, and in-service teachers on all seven continents. Cushner integrates current research on the intercultural experience and relates it to his personal travel experiences while providing guidelines to enable educators to integrate reflective travel as an active part of the educational experience of young people. Multicultural, social studies, and foreign language teachers, international educators and study abroad officers, and those interested in experiential education will find this book invaluable.
 

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Contents

TEACHER AS TRAVELER TRAVEL AS TEACHER
1
GET READY GET SET BEFORE YOU GO
13
TRAVELING WITH CLASS THE TRIP BEGINS
27
THE POWER OF TRAVEL OCCURS OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
37
LEARNING TO TRAVEL IS LEARNING TO SEE DEVELOPING INTERCULTURAL SENSITIVITY
45
CHANGE YOUR LATITUDE CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE FACILITATING ADOLESCENT ADJUSTMENT
61
LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER BRIDGING INTERCULTURAL BOUNDARIES WITH YOUTH DIALOGUE
81
THE MAKING OF WORLDCLASS TEACHERS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TEACHING
99
BEYOND TOURISMTHE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCE ON IMPACT
111
BUILDING TRUST RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMITMENT EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THINGS GO WRONG
123
MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU TRAVEL TIPS AND RESOURCES
145
REFERENCES
159
INDEX
163
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Kenneth Cushner is associate dean of Student Life and Intercultural Affairs in the Kent State University College and Graduate School of Education. He is a frequent contributor to the professional development of educators through consulting, writing, workshops, and travel programming. Ken is author or co-author of numerous such books and articles, including Human Diversity in Education: An Integrative Approach, 4th ed. and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed..

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