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Intercultural practicum: Perceptual learning through video in the pandemic context

journal contribution
posted on 2020-12-14, 00:00 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph, Richard Johnson
In our work with Australian initial teacher education (ITE) students our emphasis is on encouraging students to understand different cultural practices. Drawing on narrative reflection, we discuss intercultural and pedagogical concerns in which ITE students undertake international practicums (school placements). We recognise these students have a predominantly Western lens when undertaking practicums in Asian countries. To address this issue a video A Day in the Life… of Tamil School Children (https://youtu.be/vPdiogRR-Ig) in India was produced to change, improve and help students learn about the social and cultural environment of the ‘international student’. Students who took part in previous international practicums agreed that the video was an effective tool for cultural familiarisation. During this time of COVID-19 with travel restrictions abroad, the video resource serves as an effective visual pedagogy to build cultural understanding, embrace diversity, enable perceptual learning and empower students to cultivate intercultural understandings of ‘the other’.

History

Journal

New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work

Volume

17

Pagination

56-72

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

ISSN

1176-6662

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1-2

Publisher

Massey University