ERIC Number: ED456648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Studying Abroad: Does It Enhance College Student Cross-Cultural Awareness?
Kitsantas, Anastasia; Meyers, Judith
This study examined the role of study abroad programs on a students' cross-cultural awareness. Twenty-four students were enrolled in a study abroad course participated in the study. The students' cross-cultural awareness was assessed prior to and after study abroad using the Cross Cultural Adaptability Inventory test (CCAI). It was hypothesized that students studying abroad would score higher on all the CCAI scales including emotional resilience, flexibility and openness, perceptual acuity, and personal autonomy than the control group. All hypotheses were supported by the results, indicating that a period of study abroad enhanced the students' cross cultural awareness. This also suggests the predictive validity of the CCAI. Three tables are included: "Means and Standard Deviations of CCAI Scores for the Experimental Group"; "Means and Standard Deviations of CCAI Scores for the Control Group"; and "Means and Standard Deviations of CCAI Scores for the Control and Experimental Groups." (Contains 21 references.) (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the San Diego State University and the U.S. Department of Education Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER 2001) (San Diego, CA, March 28-31, 2001).