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ERIC Number: ED563127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Impacts of Study Abroad on American Students' Intercultural Competence--A Propensity Score Analysis
Rui, Ning
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
An institution that offers high-quality study abroad programs is perceived as likely to provide a stimulating learning environment for the students (Stroud, 2010). However, there are very few well-designed evaluation studies that provide evidence about the types of impacts of study abroad programs on students' academic and non-academic outcomes. To fill this void in the literature, the present study aims to estimate, from an institutional perspective, the effect of study abroad experience on students' social, behavioral, and attitudinal outcomes with an emphasis on students' intercultural competence and adaptability using survey data of 1,330 college students who entered a northeastern mid-size comprehensive private university in the fall of 2006. This study not only advances the understanding of the nature of impacts of study abroad programs, but also addresses the need for innovative methods to address the selection bias, i.e., individual and institutional factors that influence students' intent to participate in the programs. Results from this study have important implications and show that the study abroad experience does have a positive impact on habits of mind, social self-concept, civic-awareness, and social agency involvement, but no impacts on academic outcomes. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)