This longitudinal study examined the lasting impact of an international teaching experience on a teacher’s identity and cultural fluency. A convenient sample of 10 (N=10) in-service teachers was used for this cycle of the study. Building on the initial analysis of the study, cycle two data were gathered through open ended questions using Survey Monkey. Employing qualitative methods, the data analysis revealed a lasting impact on three of the Themes: (1) Teacher Identity, (2) Cultural Competencies, and (3) Personal Growth. Teaching in an unfamiliar cultural setting and overcoming language barriers helps teachers develop confidence, increasing their teaching flexibility and repertoire.
Phoebe Constantinou, Ithaca College, United States