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ERIC Number: ED417625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-14
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Strategies To Advance the Internationalization of Learning (SAIL) Program.
Ebert, Kenneth B.; Burnett, Jane
This report documents the Strategies to Advance the Internalization of Learning (SAIL) program developed at Michigan State University (MSU) to promote international, comparative, and cross-cultural learning and cross-cultural understanding in the university community. A total of 350 foreign and U.S. students who had international experience attended a series of training workshops to learn to become "cultural consultants," who then were invited to speak in college academic courses and in community settings, participate in cross-cultural education workshops for elementary and secondary schools, and participate in orientations for overseas study. A student talent bank was developed to match student backgrounds with the needs of prospective users of cultural consultants. U.S. students returning from overseas studies programs reported that the SAIL experience aided them in their reacclimatization to the United States and gave value to their overseas experience. Foreign students indicated that they felt valued for who they were culturally and had learned more about other cultures and about the United States. An international issues survey, which is appended with instructions, was developed to obtain a baseline level of information on the general cultural and global knowledge and sensitivity of MSU undergraduates. Appended also are examples of uses for cultural consultants and an essay titled "What Is a Cultural Consultant?" (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Office of International Studies and Programs.