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ERIC Number: ED567358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-6794-4
College Students' Perspectives of Global Learning in a Core Curriculum Program
Boktor, Hanna
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Many universities have instituted global education programs to prepare their students for the demands of living in a global society; yet, little information exists about the effectiveness of these programs from the participants' perspectives. At the local level, a liberal arts university has not undertaken an assessment of its global learning experiences at the core curriculum program, constituting a gap in practice. The purpose of this program evaluation employing a qualitative case study approach was to assess program participants' perspectives of the impact of their global learning experiences. A conceptual model of global competence provided a framework for guiding data collection and analysis. The research question investigated how these participants developed different levels of global competence as a perceived result of their engagement in the core curriculum program. To answer this research question, 3 methods of data collection were used, including semistructured interviews of 9 participants, analysis of 10 written program documents, and observation of 3 participants' capstone presentations. A framework analysis based on the conceptual framework was employed to analyze and interpret the data. Participants attributed the development of global competence to comprehensive and integrated global instruction, highlighting areas in which instruction was necessary with regard to global knowledge, crosscultural interactions, and global service projects. This study contributed to social change by providing program administrators with insights for improving the global learning experiences at the core program. Program improvement will help participants become skilled, responsible global citizens who value service to their communities and to larger causes at the national and international levels. [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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