International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 16 Number 3

January 25, 2015

The Role of Cross-Cultural Experience in Art Teacher Preparation

Carole Henry
Tracie Costantino
University of Georgia, USA

Citation: Henry, C., & Costantino, T. (2015). The role of cross-cultural experience in art teacher preparation. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 16(Number 3). Retrieved [date] from
Current research indicates that within the United States, many preservice teachers are not prepared to work with a rapidly changing student population that includes an increasing number of immigrant students with limited proficiency in English (Giambo & Szecsi, 2005/2006; Janzen, 2008; Latta & Chan, 2011). This article presents findings from a longitudinal qualitative study that examined the semester-long experiences of preservice art education students who participated in The University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy program from 2003 to 2006, providing sequential art instruction to Italian children who were not English speakers. In 2010, we conducted follow-up interviews to better understand the potential long-term effects of this experience. Our findings indicated this experience gave the art education students increased cultural understanding and greater confidence in their teaching, and provided a foundational experience that they believed would help them be more successful in working with English Language Learners (ELLs) in the future.

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