ERIC Number: ED332629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of a Study-Abroad Program on University Students: Toward a Predictive Theory of Intercultural Contact.
Thomlison, T. Dean
In order to empirically examine the impact of an overseas study experience on university students from the United States, a study of all University of Evansville students from a one-year period who had participated in an overseas study program in England was undertaken. The study used a four-part survey questionnaire designed to address specific issues related to factors such as behaviors, attitudes, interests, knowledge, and awareness levels. The total number of students returning the questionnaire was 174, a response rate of 89%. Standard analyses were conducted using a statistical package to determine frequency distributions and means. Non-parametric analysis was used to locate any statistically significant differences in responses based on sex, or amount of travel during the semester. P-values were adjusted using the Bonferroni method. Substantial changes were reported in attitudes, specific knowledge levels, beliefs, values, behaviors, open-mindedness, personal growth, and general appreciation of other cultures. Suggestions are made in terms of implications for further research, development of orientation programs, the relationship between changes in variables and gender, and the relationship between changes in variables and the amount of travel during the semester. The report presents the data in numerous tables and provides 19 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England; University of Evansville IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Intercultural and Communication Conference (8th, Miami, FL, February 22, 1991).