Internationally-minded Teachers. Internationalized Schools? How Does Teachers’ Foreign Experience Translate into School Internationalization Practices?”

The GSSR announces the twelfth in our new series of seminars addressed both to doctoral students and academic staff. The seminars aim to bring together students and established researchers working in the same field, thus promoting closer interaction and future collaboration between them.

During the seminars doctoral students present for discussion well-advanced research projects, with experienced scholars from various academic centres in Poland and abroad invited to take the role of commentators.

The seminars take place on the Zoom platform and are open to all.

This seminar is scheduled for November 9th, 15:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Michał Pachocki presenting the topic, “Internationally-minded Teachers. Internationalized Schools? How Does Teachers’ Foreign Experience Translate into School Internationalization Practices?”, and Prof. Asuman Göksel ( Middle East Technical University, Ankara) and – Prof. Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz (Jagiellonian University)as commentators.

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Chair: Steven Davies

15:00 Introduction: Michał Federowicz (supervisor)

15.05  Seminar presentation: Michał Pachocki “Internationally-minded Teachers. Internationalized Schools? How Does Teachers’ Foreign Experience Translate into School Internationalization Practices?”

15.40  Comments from Asuman Göksel

15:50 Comments from Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz 

16.00 Discussion

16.15 Closing remarks


Michal Pachocki

When the benefits of internationalization are discussed in education, they mainly refer to the higher education sector. Contrariwise, the growing number of primary and secondary schools seeking out opportunities to act internationally stands for the need to examine also the benefits of their internationalization efforts. Poland serves as an illustrative example of how individual professional training in another country can be perceived by teachers as an attractive form of improving professional skills. With a little opportunity to send their education staff abroad on behalf of their own capacities, the Polish schools are eager to send their teachers abroad with using the European financial instruments for a job shadowing, teaching assignment, study visits, exchanges at schools in other countries and other forms of training (Smoczyńska 2014, Kolanowska 2018). The question arises, however, to what extent can those individual experiences of teachers be transferred to the benefit of entire school? And, to what extent are the Polish schools willing to use teachers’ individual international experience for their own internationalization attempts?

The given study aims are to explore how individual international experience of Polish teachers contributes to their schools’ internationalization? And, to what extent such internationalization corresponds with the entire schools’ organizational development? A mixed method design featuring paper-based survey, in-depth interviews, focus groups and participant observation is going to be employed aiming to fulfill this research objectives. The data will be collected directly at schools, among teachers with transnational mobility experience, other members of teaching staff, school leaders, and other school community members (including learners, non-teaching staff, and school principals). The selection of given research methods aims at investigation on what teachers gained from abroad, and on how their foreign experience affected internationalization processes in their schools. Apart from data collected firsthand, my findings will be also supplemented with secondary data (mainly contextual information, and statistical data).

Next seminar:

November 16, 2021:  Alla Marchenko: The Place of the Hasidic Pilgrimages in the Local Frames of Memory: cases of  Bobowa, Leżajsk and Belz

The New Projects Seminar is funded by Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju, the project “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” (POWR.03.02.00-IP.08-I019/17). The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014 – 2020.

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