Pre-service Teachers' Perceptions on Global Citizenship and Online Education in a Virtual Exchange Context

Authors

  • Aigul Rakisheva University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Lu Xu University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v15i5(S).5895

Keywords:

Virtual exchange, global citizenship, pre-service teachers, digital skills

Abstract

As part of a virtual exchange program, this mixed-method research investigated the pre-service teachers’ initial attitudes and perceptions towards global citizenship and online education. In our initial findings,participants demonstrated a cautiously optimistic attitude that they believed online teaching could be effective, but more training isneeded for pre-service teachers. Moreover, the participants who had Virtual Exchange (VE) experience before had a more critical attitude toward online teaching and learning. In addition, most pre-service teachers showed limited familiarity with the concept of global citizenship education. Though they appreciate the importance of global citizenship education, they expressed concerns about cultural and language barriers to implementing it in their classrooms. These results provided a baseline of pre-service teachers and shed light on future design and implementation of VE in initial teacher education.

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Author Biographies

Aigul Rakisheva, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Aigul Rakisheva is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, USA. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Department with a Global Studies in Education concentration. Aigul is actively engaged in research and teaching activities at UIUC. Her research focuses on Virtual Exchange, Information and Communication Technologies, and Initial Teacher Education, contributing to various research projects in these areas.

Lu Xu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Lu Xu is a third year Ph.D. student in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership program in the College of Education, University of Illinois, with a concentration in Global Studies in Education. With the general interest in global study and education, Lu’s research mainly focuses on international teacher education, global citizenship education, virtual exchange and online teaching. In addition, Lu engages in DEI research related to LGBTQ and Asian American communities. Also, Lu serves as teaching and research assistant at the College of Education.

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Published

2024-03-02

How to Cite

Rakisheva, A., & Xu, L. (2024). Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions on Global Citizenship and Online Education in a Virtual Exchange Context. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(5(S). https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v15i5(S).5895

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2024 Emerging Scholar Summary - 16(6) 2024