ERIC Number: ED318517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Coming Back Home: Making the Most of International Experiences: Proceedings of Workshop (Toronto, Canada).
Stanojevic, Patricia S. B., Comp.
With the support of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian International Development Agency, a one-day workshop was held in April 1989. The workshop explored techniques by which individuals who have had overseas professional development experiences may enhance their institution's and their community's understanding of international issues. Following introductory information on the workshop, these proceedings present Garth Jackson's keynote address, "Development Education Issues," which focuses on Canada's role in worldwide economics and key concerns for the world such as equality, the environment, poverty, and peace. Next, a list developed by workshop participants of the personal, professional, institutional, and community benefits that result from overseas experiences is presented. Following a brief summary of Dr. M. Karen O'Kain's presentation on the concept of culture shock and the parallel phenomenon of re-entry shock, the proceedings describes a role-play exercise designed to allow participants to experience a sample of feelings related to an employee coming back home. The final phase of the workshop provided an opportunity to identify activities or techniques for maximizing the value of an international experience. A form, "Preparing for Re-entry," provided a structure for discussion and emphasized the importance of setting personal, professional, institutional, and community-related goals for the overseas experience, even before leaving. Appendixes to the proceedings contain the following: (1) a chart and outline illustrating the cycle of culture/re-entry shock; (2) "Re-entry and Effective Readjustment: Personal Reflections"; (3) instructions and roles for the role-play exercise; (4) the "Preparing for Re-entry" form; and (5) an 18-item annotated bibliography. (WJT)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Brown Coll., Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada