ERIC Number: EJ1022012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Internationalization of General Education Curricula in Community Colleges: A Faculty Perspective
O'Connor, Gavin C.; Farnsworth, Kent A.; Utley, Mary E.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n12 p966-978 2013
Providing global educational experiences for students in higher education has been viewed as a desirable educational objective for decades. Although there is a common appreciation that students should be exposed to, and gain awareness of, other peoples and cultures, the majority of community colleges in the United States have done little to provide such opportunities. To better accommodate this need, some are now striving to internationalize both the curriculum and the culture of the institution. This study examined factors that might contribute to, or impede, the development of internationalized general education curricula in Missouri community colleges. Data were collected from 243 general education faculty members who responded to an online questionnaire from each of the 18 community college campuses in Missouri. The paper applies Human Capital Theory and the Developmental Model for Intercultural Sensitivity as theoretical constructs for explaining why colleges should be more actively engaged in globalizing curricula and student experience. This article also applies these constructs for examining how successfully one system of community colleges is internationalizing through its general education offerings.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Online Surveys, Teacher Surveys, International Education, General Education, Cultural Awareness, Questionnaires, Global Approach, College Administration, Urban Areas, Predictor Variables, Statistical Analysis, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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