ERIC Number: ED393133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
International Study Transitions: Creating and Leading a Reentry Workshop.
Lerstrom, Alan C.
Many American colleges and universities have developed successful programs to help prepare students for the culture shock associated with living and studying overseas, but have been less effective in aiding students as they return home and experience "reverse culture shock" or the problems associated with reentry. Culture and reentry shock occur because of an individual's need to strive for internal consistency. A four-session reentry workshop, lasting 1.5 to 2 hours each, was developed for Luther College (Iowa) students. In session I, students were asked to bring photos and memorabilia of their time overseas and each in turn was given time to talk about their experiences while others in the group listened, in addition the top 10 reentry challenges were discussed; in session II, students were asked to complete a series of sentence fragments regarding the experience of returning home, then discuss the need for adapting ways of thinking and behaving to accommodate former and new perceptions; in session III, students were told to focus on how they were now perceiving their own culture; and in session IV, students reflected on personal growth and change. (Contains 11 references and 6 appendixes which outline the sessions.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Reentry; Luther College IA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).