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ERIC Number: ED530914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 170
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-7914-9359-5
The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development
McKeown, Joshua S.
SUNY Press
Study abroad programs on American college and university campuses are booming, with a national goal of sending abroad one million students within ten years. In this timely and thought-provoking look at the benefits of studying abroad, Joshua S. McKeown moves beyond the acknowledged cultural and linguistic benefits to focus on how it promotes intellectual growth in participating students. He shows that for some students--particularly those without substantial prior international experience--study abroad is associated with significant gains in intellectual development. For those students who have traveled abroad previously, the same does not hold true. It is those students who lack meaningful international exposure who seem to benefit most from studying abroad. "The First Time Effect" describes in a straightforward way what is happening with today's study abroad students and holds broad implications for education policy and practice. Appended are: (1) Schools Involved in the Study; (2) Institutional Review Board Results; (3) Script for Participating Schools; (4) Pilot Test and Follow-up Testing; (5) Questionnaire; (6) Pilot Research Project Results; and (7) Study Limitations. A list of references and index are also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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