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ERIC Number: ED478052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 52
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Study Abroad Programs: A Mirror for Adult Learning and Perspective Transformation.
Sanders, Kathryn Ann; Morgan, Marilon
Today, a person can find a variety of travel and study programs as diverse as that person's imagination and pocketbook. This paper considers today's study abroad programs in developing countries, particularly study abroad in Africa. The paper discusses the educational value of study abroad in Africa. It focuses on perspective transformation, that is described as "the emancipatory process of becoming critically aware of how and why the structure of psycho-cultural assumptions has come to constrain the way we see ourselves and our relationships." The paper highlights a study that examined the perspective transformation of students participating in the 1999 Gambia and Senegal study abroad program. It states that pre- and post-interviews were given to a sample of the undergraduate group before and after visiting and experiencing two historical West African slave ports. Of the 19 students (both black and white, ages 21 to 58), 11 were asked to participate in the semi-structured interviews. The report on the study results note that, at the end, all of the respondents believed that each person was accountable for their actions toward others and the world around them, and until each person accepted that responsibility, racism and prejudice would continue. Appended are respondents' demographic information and interview data. (Contains 30 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Gambia; Senegal