What Constitutes Help?: Looking at the Theme of Help Through the Lens of Global Competence

Ann Mary Roberts (Radford University, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 176
EISBN13: 9781522562214|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3462-4.ch009
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This case study is an account of how pre-service teachers in a study abroad context framed and examined the question of appropriate response to individuals, communities, and institutions with perceived needs. The authors' students worked for four weeks in a rural school in Malawi where they tried to help the students and community. During their experiences, the participants faced their limitations, cultural biases, and personal “filters.” Hard questions such as “Are we really helping at all?” arose. Key global competencies proved critical as they shifted their perspectives in order to understand their experiences and respond respectfully in the context of the Malawian culture.
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