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ERIC Number: EJ1076802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-5250
International Study Tour Groups
O'Reilly, Frances L.; Matt, John J.; McCaw, William P.; Kero, Patty; Stewart, Courtney; Haddouch, Reda
Journal of Education and Learning, v3 n1 p52-59 2014
Using the context of international study tour groups, this study examined the personal and professional transformation that occurred among host faculty and staff at The University of Montana-Missoula as a result of their interactions with traveling academics from other countries. Data were collected from participant responses (n = 27) using a mixed-methods design, utilizing a quantitative survey while simultaneously embedding qualitative questions. Quantitative responses to the survey were analyzed with descriptive statistics to generate key findings. Thematic coding strategies were applied to the qualitative responses in order to inform and help further explain the quantitative data, thereby providing greater clarity in addressing the research questions that framed this study. Findings from the analyses provided evidence that participants experienced increased inspiration and desire for self-improvement, self-discovery, and ultimately transformation. Given the reported findings, it behooves institutions of higher education to actively seek out intercultural experiences by hosting international study tour groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana
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