ERIC Number: ED329768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
The Effects of Foreign Exchange Programs on Career Development and Planning.
Biggs, Donald A.; Wan, Teh Yuan
The effects of foreign exchange programs on career development and planning of the students involved should be considered. For foreign exchange students to develop the cognitive skills needed in effective transfer of vocational knowledge and skills, students need to engage in cross-cultural career exploration, make career decisions about the relevance of their foreign exchange experiences, and then integrate these experiences as they shape occupational roles in their home countries. Cross-cultural differences involve foreign students' exposure to career information that is to some degree different from their expectations and their previous experiences. Students' perceptions of these differences depend to some degree on their social interests and interpersonal skills. Students who are less outgoing may have more trouble engaging in cross-cultural experiences and integrating such experiences into their occupational plans when they return to their home countries. A model for the evaluation of foreign exchange student programs should be developed; the model should include changes in relevant career behaviors of students that occur during the time of their foreign training and education. (38 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 13-16, 1991).