Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 4(1), pp. 1-11, January, 2013         
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Exchange Students in Teacher Education. Empirical Evidence on Characteristics and Motive Structures

aBruno Leutwyler* and  aClaudia Meierhans

aInstitute for International Cooperation in Education IZB, University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland, Zug, Switzerland

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Received December 19, 2012; Accepted 21 January 2012


This paper reports on a study on characteristics and motives of exchange students in teacher education. The results of this study suggest that exchange students in teacher education should be considered as a specific type of exchange students: Whereas the existing literature depicts an appropriate picture of exchange students in teacher education regarding gender, socio-economic background and motive structure, it does not correspond in terms of age, affiliation to minority groups and facets of intercultural competence. Practical implications for the design of and access to exchange programs in teacher education as well as implications for further research are discussed.

Keywords: Teacher education, exchange programs, exchange students, study abroad, higher education.

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