Examining teachers' beliefs through action research: Guidance and counseling/pastoral care reflected in the cross-cultural mirror

Kyla L Wahlstrom, Petra Ponte

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Abstract

The TRIO Project (Teacher Training & Research for Individuals & Organisations) began with the notion that cross-cultural reflection could be an effective tool by which teachers could examine their personal belief systems about learning, teaching and pupil guidance. University-based teacher educators from four countries, the Netherlands, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom, worked collaboratively to create this 3-year project. They first had teachers systematically examine their own teaching practices at the local level using action research strategies and then brought them together in an annual international workshop, where the teachers from all four countries were able to reflect upon their work and their pedagogical belief systems using a cross-cultural lens. This article describes the process used to facilitate that exchange, and what was learned by both teachers and teacher-educators about the value of cross-cultural reflective practice leading to personal and professional growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-562
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Action Research
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

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