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ERIC Number: ED532190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 337
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-6828-8
Short-Term Missions at the Master's College: An Experiential Education
La George, Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University
Foreign Missions Preparation (FMP) has been in operation at The Master's College (TMC) since 1989, employing experiential education to train and facilitate cross-cultural summer Short-Term Mission (STM) trips for over a thousand undergraduate students. The question driving the case study was: "What influence does an analysis of the experiences of the participants in FMP have on the design and delivery of FMP at TMC?" The study sought to analyze the FMP training curriculum as well as identify what participants remembered about FMP and how they understood the impact of the curriculum and experiences on their current vocational, ecclesiastical, spiritual, and relational lives. Internet-based surveys were administered to 380 FMP participants who were involved in FMP between 1989 and 2004 and to 562 TMC alumni of a well-matched quasi-control group, yielding over 1,000 pages of qualitative data and rich narrative from participants' perspectives of their FMP experiences. Literature pertaining to the development of Christian higher education in the liberal arts, the philosophy of experiential education, cross-cultural training, and the small, but growing, body of scholarly and popular STM literature also informed the research. The case study was additionally developed through the examination of extensive archives and interviews, the observation of the FMP classroom phase, and travel with an FMP team. The study proposes a descriptive model of experiential education, and incorporates that model with L. Dee Fink's (2003) taxonomy of Significant Learning Experiences to yield a depth of understanding to the design and delivery of FMP. The case study describes the development of FMP over 15 years, and yields over two dozen recommendations for changes to its delivery. The study additionally demonstrates that participants continue to value their experience with an enthusiasm that seems undiminished by time and to credit their participation in FMP for significantly altering their understanding of the character of God, their involvement in the global church, and the development of their own personal growth. Implications for mission agencies, missionary hosts, sending churches, and educators are included in the findings. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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