ERIC Number: ED159101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Political Science in a Study Abroad Program: An Examination of Impacts on Student Attitudes.
Hensley, Thomas R.; And Others
The paper discusses the impact of a semester-abroad political science program on the attitudes and behavior of college students. Participants included 52 students in a 1977 Kent State University Geneva Semester Program. The hypothesis was that positive attitude changes on worldmindedness would: (1) occur among students participating in the study abroad program; (2) relate positively to the enjoyment of the students' overall experience; and (3) relate positively to the closeness of contact with non-Americans. For the study, questionnaires were administered which focused upon attitudes of worldmindedness, support for the United Nations, self-esteem, and ambiguity. Responses of participants in the study abroad program were compared with responses of 17 students in a class on international organization at Kent State University. Findings based on simple percentages and multiple regression analysis of responses indicated that significant change occurred on only one variable, self-esteem. The conclusion is that relatively brief experience in another culture has a limited impact on attitudes such as worldmindedness and ethnocentrism. A major implication of the study is that claims about the potential of overseas study programs to produce attitude and behavioral changes among student participants should be given careful scrutiny. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Agents, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Ethnocentrism, Foreign Students, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Education, International Organizations, International Programs, Literature Reviews, Peer Influence, Political Science, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Study Abroad, Values, World Affairs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kent State Univ., OH. Center for International and Comparative Programs.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (New York, New York, August 31-Septemer 3, 1978)