ERIC Number: ED475087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Public Experience, Attitudes, and Knowledge: A Report on Two National Surveys about International Education.
Hayward, Fred M.; Siaya, Laura M.
In the past, most colleges and universities have been slow to respond to the effects of globalization and to incorporate foreign languages and international education as a critical part of their expectations for undergraduate learning. The public, in contrast, appears to have different expectations. This report highlights the findings of two national American Council on Education surveys: (1) a telephone sample of people (n=1,006) in the United States, aged 16 or older; and (2) a telephone sample of four-year-college-bound U.S. high school seniors (n=500). These surveys were conducted in cooperation with the Art and Science Group. These two surveys suggest a growing public interest in international issues and events, along with the recognition that international knowledge and skills are increasingly important to daily life and the Unites States success in the global economy. The report is divided into six sections: (1) "Executive Summary"; (2) "Introduction"; (3) "International Experience and the American Public" (International Travel; Foreign Language Skills; Interest in International News); (4) "Attitudes about the Impact of Globalization, International Knowledge, and Skills" (Impact of Globalization; Public Perceptions of the Role of the U.S. in International Affairs; Professional Relevance and Benefits of International Education; Foreign Language Learning; Selecting a College or University; Higher Education as a Provider of International Skills and Knowledge; Study Abroad and International Internship Opportunities; Opportunities to Interact with Foreign Students); (5) "Knowledge about the Rest of the World" (Political Leaders and Places; Political Knowledge; Economic Knowledge; Overall Trends in International Knowledge; Political and Economic Knowledge Indexes); and (6) "Conclusion." Appended are: (1) The Art & Science Group/ACE Survey of College-Bound High School Seniors; (2) Survey of International Experience, Attitudes, and Knowledge; and (3) Art & Science Group/ACE National Survey on Students' International Experience, Interest, and Attitudes on International Education Opportunities. (Contains 49 notes, 2 tables, and 39 figures.) (BT)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Educational Attitudes, High School Seniors, Higher Education, International Education, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Sampling, Second Languages, Telephone Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.