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Stefan Ward, Heidi Henschel Pellett and Mark I. Perez


The purpose of this study was to explore preservice teachers’ experiences of cognitive disequilibrium (CD) theory during a service-learning project in a study abroad experience.


A case study with 8 participants was used. Data sources consisted of: Formal interviews, videos of planning, videos of teaching, videos of reflection sessions, and informal interviews. Data were analyzed utilizing open and axial coding (Corbin & Strauss, 2008). Trustworthiness strategies included: prolonged engagement, multiple data source triangulation, and member checks.


Results indicated four themes: “We made it our own thing”, “Summer camp for teachers”, “Struggle and disequilibrium”, and “By the end it was a transformation”.


CD was ultimately positive for these students. The positive resolution of CD catalyzed a transformative effect on their perceptions of their teaching. This was supported by positive peer interaction.

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Carlos Capella-Peris, Jesús Gil-Gómez and Òscar Chiva-Bartoll

.J. , & Schempp , P.G. ( 1993 ). Exploring dimensions of marginality: Reflecting on the life histories of physical education teachers . Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 12 ( 4 ), 386 – 398 . doi: 10.1123/jtpe.12.4.386 Ward , S. , Pellett , H.H. , & Perez , M.I. ( 2017 ). Cognitive