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ERIC Number: EJ1013201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 152
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 260
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Special Issue: Study Abroad in a New Global Century--Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose
Twombly, Susan B.; Salisbury, Mark H.; Tumanut, Shannon D.; Klute, Paul
ASHE Higher Education Report, v38 n4 p1-152 2012
This review seeks to answer two central questions: (1) who studies abroad (or who does not) and why? and (2) what are the outcomes of studying abroad? Participation in study abroad and outcomes of study abroad must be considered in context. Consequently, who participates and the expected outcomes are framed by the reality that, in addition to being influenced by participant characteristics, study abroad outcomes are influenced in no small way by program characteristics and student experiences in the host culture. Participation and program types and characteristics are in turn shaped by the history and purposes of study abroad. To this end, the monograph also addresses the question of how the history of study abroad has shaped the purposes of study abroad and program types. Because the literature on study abroad is so overwhelmingly positive in its tone, sometimes in the face of modest results, we also look to the critiques of study abroad research as well as to the critiques of purpose and experience to examine how insights from these voices might inform the promise of preparing globally competent citizens. Following the Introduction, chapters include: (1) History and Purposes of Study Abroad; (2) Types of Programs and Providers; (3) Who Studies Abroad and Who Does Not; (4) Study Abroad Outcomes; (5) Study Abroad: Critical Perspectives; and (6) Conclusions, Final Thoughts, and Recommendations. The concluding chapter of this monograph addresses three questions based on findings from the review: (1) Does study abroad meet the lofty goals of preparing interculturally competent citizens? (2) Can it reasonably be expected to do so? and (3) How might study abroad be organized differently to achieve these goals? Name and subject indexes are included. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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