ERIC Number: ED336317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
The Contribution of International Educational Exchange to the International Education of Americans: Projections for the Year 2000. Occasional Papers on International Education Exchange. Forum Series 26.
Burn, Barbara B.
This paper attempts to forecast the scope and profile of educational exchanges between the United States and other countries in the year 2000 as one approach to assessing the contribution of those exchanges to the international education of U.S. citizens. The forecasts are based in part on predictions relating to political stability, economic growth, and likely developments in higher education in major world regions. The first part reviews major world regions including the following highlights: the probable growth in exchanges with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; the centrality of solving the debt crisis to the future of Latin America nations and exchanges with those countries; and the likely growth in exchanges involving Asia, propelled by its burgeoning economic situation, especially in Japan. The second part of the paper focuses on the contribution of international educational exchanges to U.S. citizens learning about other countries, culture, and international issues. This is done in terms of foreign students in the United States, U.S. students going abroad, faculty exchanges, and how international learning might be enhanced by each activity. The paper concludes that special efforts are required if international educational exchanges are to make a more significant contribution to U.S. international education; the mere existence of exchange does not assure this contribution. This situation should be more widely understood if such efforts are to receive the support they require. Some specific recommendations propose strategies and programs to strengthen the contribution of exchanges to international learning in the United States. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on International Educational Exchange, New York, NY.