14. évfolyam, 2016/1-2. szám
The Impact of Short Term Study Abroad: Early Childhood Teacher Candidates’ Self-reflection on Transformation
In this study, three teacher candidates (TCs) in the United States examined their own experiences in a short term study abroad focused on early childhood education (ECE) in Hungary. Using the approach of autoethnography, they documented and analyzed their experiences about the two and a half week visit to uncover the process of transformation. The results of the data spiral analysis (Creswell, 2003) indicated specific themes of disruptive experiences and cognitive dissonance about culture, language and early childhood education. In addition, further analysis found themes related to reflection and to planned actions as a result of the transformative study abroad experience. The findings indicated that the study abroad program allowed the TCs to develop new knowledge and dispositions related to culture, language and ECE that have the potential to create long-term, deep changes in their thinking and actions.