Teaching Abroad addresses the question of moving abroad to
teach in a cross-cultural university classroom. It discusses the
recent flourishing of international education and developments in
educational structures and practice, and traces the historical
development of, and recent changes in, university education in
China. This book explores systemic differences between
communitarian and individualistic values as they affect the
classrooms of the East and West, as well as in the students'
emotional and intellectual sense of themselves and their education.
Through research in the field and the author's own experiences in
the international American Studies classroom, Teaching
Abroad takes up the values of the teacher- and
student-oriented classrooms and looks at creative ways to take
advantage of each in terms of team-teaching, interdisciplinary
inquiry, and group work. It also investigates the use of films and
their adaptation from fiction in the interdisciplinary humanities
classroom, and deals with various problems of assessment, including
examinations, essays and plagiarism. Ultimately, the book connects
these issues to the transformation of personal, familial, and
national identities in this age of internationalization and
Teaching Abroad will appeal to foreign-bound university
teachers who are interested in the historical and cultural
conditions of a country and in need of practical advice about
teaching abroad. It will specially be suitable for teachers who
plan to teach in China. International teachers in primary and
secondary schools will also profit from this exploration of the
cross-cultural classroom and intercultural communication.
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