ERIC Number: EJ1079337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Student Reflective Writing: Cognition and Affect before, during, and after Study Abroad
Savicki, Victor; Price, Michele V.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n6 p587-601 Sep 2015
Reflective thinking is an important feature of study-abroad learning, yet research on reflection in this context is sparse. The current study examined student reflection on 3 content areas (Academic Expectations, Cultural Expectations, and Psychological Issues) at 3 times (before, during, and after study abroad). A content analysis approach with both cognitive and affective components provided rich descriptions of student reflection. Content areas showed unique patterns of emphasis as well as changes over time. Implications for study-abroad educators and advisors in guiding student thinking may lead to reflective strategies to help students construct nuanced and advantageous interpretations of their experiences.
Descriptors: College Students, Reflection, Study Abroad, Expectation, Content Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Attitude Change, Affective Behavior, Affective Measures, Difficulty Level, Questionnaires, Computer Software, Self Expression, Expressive Language, Written Language, Word Frequency, Statistical Analysis, Psychological Patterns, Sentence Structure, Language Usage
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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