A "Literacy Awakening": The Role of Study Abroad and International Service Learning for Preservice Teachers' Literacy Engagement




Lussier, Kristie O'Donnell
Czop Assaf, Lori
Hoff, Meagan

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Forum for International Research in Education


The purpose of this study was to explore how preservice teachers (PST) became aware of literacies in global and local contexts and to understand how PST conceive of literacy after experiencing an international service learning (ISL) study abroad program in rural South Africa. For this qualitative grounded theory study, we used critical literacy and humanizing pedagogy as theoretical frames for designing the program and analyzing data. Findings show PST experienced a “literacy awakening.” They became more aware of nuanced and complex ways literacies function in a community and imagined how their understandings would shape future teaching.



study abroad, international education, critical literacy, teacher education, humanizing pedagogy


Lussier, K. O., Assaf, L. C., & Hoff, M. (2019). A "literacy awakening": The role of study abroad and international service learning for preservice teachers' literacy engagement. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, 5(2), pp. 47-65.


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