Professional Knowledge Cultures, Teacher Education, Global Exchange, and Purpose: The Case of Lesson Planning

By Suzanne Mac Donald and Susan Colville-Hall.

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The paper looks at professional knowledge cultures as related to teacher education, experiences of global exchange, and educational purpose(s), with emphasis on pedagogical practice as related to ‘lesson planning’—an almost assumed part of U. S. school cultures. In this case, some basic concepts associated with this practice are portrayed in a cross-cultural exchange experience of French teacher interns in U. S. schools, U. S. mentor teachers, and U. S. teacher educators. Data collection and analysis consist of 1) archival material in the form of lesson plans, other planning-related and instructional support materials, and evaluation rubrics, 2) notes and interviews with teacher educators regarding their pedagogical interventions, and 3) notes from debriefing sessions with those involved in these cross-cultural initiatives.

Keywords: Teacher Education, Global Exchange, Pedagogy, Professional Development, Instructional Strategies, Lesson Planning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.183-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.350KB).

Dr. Suzanne Mac Donald

Professor, College of Education, Uniiversity of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

Suzanne Mac Donald has her doctorate in the Social Foundations of Education with emphasis in Educational Anthropology. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the area of culture/multi-cultures/cross-culture as applied to contemporary educational choice, adaptability, and opportunity in urban and other diverse settings. Research and service fall within a range of international exchange opportunities.

Dr. Susan Colville-Hall

Professor, College of Education, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

Dr. Colville-Hall is a foreign language educator in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies in the College of Education at the University of Akron. She has served as PI on several international initiatives, including the current State Department-sponsored U. S./French teacher intern exchange. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in this field.

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