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ERIC Number: ED520683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-14
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Examining College Students' Culture Learning before and after Summer Study Abroad in Japan
Paik, Chie Matsuzawa; Anzai, Shinobu; Zimmerman, Erica
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With study abroad becoming an integral part of the American higher-education curriculum, home-institution instructors face the challenge of understanding the type and content of learning taking place abroad. We report on a study conducted at a service academy on the U.S. East Coast to examine American college students' cultural learning in the course of a summer study abroad program in Japan. Seven engineering majors completed pre- and post-study abroad seminars, and completed a culture survey before and after their trip to Japan in 2008. Content analysis of the students' responses to open-ended questions revealed gains in students' cultural knowledge on various aspects of the Japanese culture, leading to changes in their perceptions of Japan and Japanese people. The study adopted the cultural framework set forth by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. (Contains 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan