China vs. the United States: Comparing what teacher candidates know about each other

Tingting Xu, Erik Jon Byker, Juan Chen

Abstract


The purpose of this paper was to compare teacher candidates’ knowledge and perceptions about China and the United States. Using a survey research design, 91 Chinese teacher candidates and 96 teacher candidates from the United Sates participated. The survey findings indicated that while both groups of teacher candidates had a basic level of historical and political knowledge about the other country, both teacher candidate groups also had stereotypes of each other’s country. In their responses to the comment section and free response questions, though, teacher candidates focused on very different aspects. The Chinese teacher candidates were focused more on the United States’ political and education system. The United States’ teacher candidates focused their responses more on daily life and cultural aspects of China.

Keywords


China, the United Sates, cross-cultural awareness, global competency, teacher preparation, stereotypes about China; stereotypes about the United Sates

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