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ERIC Number: ED548893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 152
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-2805-0
A Phenomenological Study of Undergraduate African American College Students' Decision to Participate in Study Abroad
Cheppel, Alena
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to explore African American undergraduate college students' intentions and reasons for participation in study abroad programs. The study involved gathering data from recorded and transcribed semi-structured interviews with 20 African American volunteer participants. Data analysis involved the use of Moustakas' (1994) modification of van Kaam's phenomenological methodology. Collected data were analyzed using NVivo 9 software to identify themes exploring the decision making process of African American undergraduate college students from the University in the North East Maryland (pseudonym) to participate in study abroad programs. Findings of the study include: (a) Important concerns/consideration for going to study abroad; (b) Most Influential Messengers; (c) Assumptions about Study Abroad; (d) The most important information needed for participation in Study Abroad; (e) Best ways of seeking/providing information about Study Abroad; (f) Reasons for participation in Study Abroad; (g) Sources of Funding Study Abroad ; (h) Perception of the amount of academic emphasis on producing globally competent citizens; (i) Study Abroad Office involvement; (j) Suggestions on how to improve participation in Study Abroad; (k) Outcomes of Study Abroad/Benefits; and (l) Study Abroad Experience Feedback. This study expanded the existing knowledge in the area of Study Abroad participation. The study provided insight into what encourages African American undergraduate students' participation in study abroad programs. Findings of the study may help in addressing the unique needs of African Americans in order to increase their study abroad participation. Study findings may enhance educational, local, state, and federal leaders' abilities to properly address minority students' low participation level in study abroad programs. [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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