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Title:Teacher Voices in secondary international travel programs originating in the United States: Perceived systemic barriers to faculty participation
Author(s):Dotson, Benjamin J
Director of Research:Witt, Allison
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Witt, Allison
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Pak, Yoon K; Huang, David; Kang, Hyun-Sook
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):student travel
experiential learning
global competency
educational tourism
educational travel
barriers to student travel
secondary education.
Abstract:Every year, teachers around the United States lead high school students on international excursions, with the goal of exposing students to new cultures, learn world languages, and promote global citizenship. Despite emerging research on the educational value these trips offer, teachers face significant challenges in developing and sustaining these travel programs. This study identifies systemic barriers that secondary teachers experience in both public and private schools in the United States. Supported by Hanvey’s theory of global awareness and Kolb’s theory of experiential education, this exploratory qualitative study utilized semi-structured interviews to collect teacher’s experiences in establishing international travel programs as well as data collected from travel provider’s websites and a teacher leader’s personal journal. Interview subjects were recruited from alumni of the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship, yielding 13 participants. The results of the interviews indicated that systemic barriers exist in seven distinct categories: 1) Administrative; 2) Personal costs; 3) COVID-19 and global concerns; 4) Emotional; 5) In-tour logistics; 6) Pre-tour logistics; 7) Student behavior. This study concludes with implications for teachers, administrators, and travel providers, as well as recommendations to lessen the impact of these barriers for future program leaders.
Issue Date:2021-04-05
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Benjamin J. Dotson
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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