Developing Globally Competent Teacher Candidates Through Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning


  • Michael A Kopish Ohio University
  • Bahman Shahri Ohio University
  • Mohamed Amira Ohio University


global competencies, teacher candidates, global citizenship education, cross-cultural experiential learning, teacher education


An emerging imperative for teacher preparation programs is the development of globally competent teacher candidates. Employing a convergent parallel mixed methods design, the researchers analyzed data from Asia Society’s Global Competencies (2008) survey, critical reflection journals, course assignments, and field notes of 124 undergraduate teacher candidates enrolled in two teacher preparation courses during three academic years. Findings demonstrate candidates’ perceptions of learning experiences and the extent to which the experiences contributed to the development of global competencies. For educators, the study provides examples of cross-cultural experiential learning that contribute to the development of globally competent teacher candidates.

Author Biographies

Michael A Kopish, Ohio University

Michael Kopish is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Ohio University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in social studies education and global education. Dr. Kopish is a Global Teaching Fellow with the Longview Foundation. His research interests include: service learning, global citizenship education, experiential pedagogies in social studies. 

Bahman Shahri, Ohio University

Bahman Shahri received his PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from Ohio University Patton College of Education in August 2019. His doctoral dissertation addressed the perspectives of overseas student teachers on American national identity. Innovative pedagogy and experiential learning are other areas of his current research interest.

Mohamed Amira, Ohio University

Mohamed Amira is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics at Ohio University. He is a holder of PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio University. His doctoral dissertation discussed the religious microaggressions against graduate Muslim students.