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ERIC Number: ED558702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-6644-7
Evaluating the Effectiveness of the International Dimension in an Undergraduate Curriculum by Assessing Students' Intercultural Sensitivity
Wilkey, Sarah Ruth
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University
This evaluation research revealed that students' intercultural sensitivity (IS) scores did not change regardless of the type of class in which the student was enrolled. IS scores were not significantly different based on gender, age, ethnicity, undergraduate classification, college enrollment, and number of "I" courses taken. There were no significant interactions for ethnicity x OSU cultural event participation, college enrollment x the number of "I" courses taken, and parent culture x OSU cultural event participation. There were significant differences in IS scores based on religion, traveling outside the US, participating in a study abroad course, and the number of cultural events in which the student had participated. There was a significant interaction effect for living outside the US x traveling outside the US, indicating that for students who had never lived outside the US, IS scores were significantly higher for those that had traveled outside the US than for those who had not. IS scores were significantly correlated with the number of "I" courses and study abroad courses, the number of times traveled outside the US, the number of cultural events participated in, and religious affiliation. Gender, age, ethnicity, classification, and number of times lived outside the US were not significantly correlated with IS. Regression analysis confirmed the set of variables that were positively correlated with IS scores accounted for 11.1% of the variability in ISS scores, with religious affiliation and number of times traveled outside the US being significant predictors of IS scores. Course characteristics were considered for analyses regarding their effects on intercultural sensitivity scores. Using criterion coding, regression analysis determined IS scores varied as a function of course characteristics, and course prefix was a significant individual predictor of ISS scores. Finally, students' answers indicated that they did not attribute their opinions of other cultures, interactions with others, participation in cultural activities, and ability to work with others to the classes they took. Students did not believe the courses they took changed the way they thought about people from other cultures. [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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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma