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ERIC Number: ED559003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 220
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 1-889271-35-7
Learning Interdependence: A Case Study of the International/intercultural Education of First-Year College Students
Bachner, David J.; Malone, Laurence J.; Snider, Mary C.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
This volume argues that international/intercultural experiences are powerful vehicles for first-year college students to learn the perspectives and skills necessary to function interdependently in a rapidly changing, increasingly complicated world. The authors develop this thesis through an in-depth case study of efforts to provide such learning opportunities within a project called the "First-Year Intercultural Experience at Hartwick College," a four-year liberal arts and sciences institution of 1,400 students in Oneonta, New York. Examined in detail are both the promise and problems of this approach, and, in the end, the authors conclude that, on balance, the effort to implement the First-Year Intercultural Experience was well worth the investment of resources. The book begins with acknowledgements, and an introduction. After the introduction, the book contains six chapters: (1) The Context of Undergraduate Intercultural Education in the 21st Century; (2) An Overview of Hartwick College; (3) An Administrator's Perspective: The Development of the First-Year Intercultural Experience (David Bachner); (4) An Economics Professor's Perspective: Educational and Personal Considerations (Laurence Malone); (5) A Foreign Language Professor's Perspective: Educational and Personal Considerations (Mary Snider); (6) Student Perspectives: Learning Interdependence in an International Setting; (7) Evaluations of the First-Year Intercultural Experience; and (8) Five Conclusions About Learning Interdependence Through the First-Year Intercultural Experience. The following are appended: Sample Syllabi from Luce Project Courses--(1) Germany/France 1997-1998; (2) Germany/Hungary 1999-2000; (3) Mexico; (4) Jamaica; (5) South Africa; and (6) Thailand. The book also contains a bibliography and a section about the authors.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Identifiers - Location: France; Germany; Jamaica; Mexico; New York; South Africa; Thailand