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Title: Becoming a border crosser: an activity theory perspevtive on teaching sociocultural diversity
Authors: Armstrong Obando, Katherine
metadata.dc.contributor.advisor: Catarci, Marco
Fiorucci, Massimiliano
Keywords: Intercultural education
Sociocultural diversity
Boarder crosser
Teacher education
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2016
Publisher: Università degli studi Roma Tre
Abstract: The surge of students with diverse sociological background in classrooms and the push for professionalization in the field of intercultural education has shifted conversations among teacher educators, administrators, teachers and researchers alike in the direction of mutual understanding and collaboration in an effort to target the needs of both teachers and learners. There are many strands of these conversations that present tensions, especially those related to funding and policy; however, on the whole, the energy around this topic is conducive to qualitative transformation in the fields of teaching sociocultural diversity and intercultural teacher education. This ethnographic comparative study explores the teaching worlds of a group of middle school teachers of all subjects in Vicenza, Italy and in Granada, Spain. Guided by an activity theory framework (Engeström, 1987, 1991, 1999), this dissertation uncovers prominent relationships and inherent tensions within the activity systems of the teachers. In doing so, the important role of teachers’ personal practical knowledge and beliefs are revealed along with the inextricable reality of the teaching and learning context within which they develop their teaching practice. Principle findings include the following: 1)professional learning opportunities are critical components to teacher development and teacher empowerment, but the structure of these opportunities factors heavily into their efficacy, and 2)empowering teachers through collaborative decision-making within the school, creating space for peer interaction, and promoting professional growth are paramount to a healthy, satisfiedteaching force within a school.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2307/6051
Access Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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