The Learning Experiences of Filipino Pre-service Teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program of a Thai Elementary School

  • Lora E. Anar Bukidnon State University
  • Rebecca Jane Petersen PPMAS-Singapore International, Samut Prakan Thailand
  • Albert Villanca Bukidnon State University


Internationalization and ASEAN integration has lead pre service teachers to explore the world of teaching abroad.  The pre-service teachers have experienced many learning opportunities and challenges in a foreign country.  The study aimed to explore the lived experiences of Filipino pre-service in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Program of Anubanchonburi School Thailand. The 17 participants ranging from 19-21 years old from Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines were interviewed and 8 of them attended the focus group discussion. Thematic analysis revealed five major themes of their learning experiences: (1) travel exposures; (2) pedagogical learning; (3) social and multicultural learning, (4) personal and professional learning; and (5) technological learning.  This study provides insights to administrators, pre-service teaching supervisors, and educators to increase the opportunities of pre-service teachers to be exposed to a multicultural classroom and become globally competent.  This will provide avenues to forge stronger collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders in the country and abroad. Key words: internationalization, pre-service teachers, learning experiences, STEM Program

Author Biography

Lora E. Anar, Bukidnon State University
Associate Professor 2College of EducationProfessional Studies Department


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