ERIC Number: ED371645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Encounters with Difference: Student Perceptions of the Role of Out-of-Class Experiences in Education Abroad.
Laubscher, Michael R.
This study used a case study approach to examine how 30 Pennsylvania State University students used out-of-class experiences while studying abroad to enhance their learning. Students, who spent a semester or academic year abroad during the 1990-91 school year, were interviewed about their experiences. Three basic categories of learning activity encompassed the informants' detailed catalog of experiences: participant observation, personal interactions, and travel. Students related: (1) how direct interaction with the host culture enhanced their learning experience; (2) the importance of personal relationships in learning not only about the host culture but also about the relationship between stereotypes and individual identities; (3) the importance of travel as an out-of-class learning activity in its own right. To enhance the out-of-class learning experiences of exchange students, the study recommends that international programs build in experiential activities, monitor the quality of the exchange experience, develop appropriate pre-exchange orientation programs, prepare students for reflective observation, force critical thinking and reflection, and develop more exchange programs in nontraditional areas. (Contains 95 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Ethnography, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Individual Differences, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Learning Experience, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Study Abroad
Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 ($49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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