ERIC Number: EJ1084545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 36
Beyond "It Was Great"? Not so Fast!
Wong, E. David
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v26 p121-135 Fall 2015
The Forum on Education Abroad's Ninth Annual Conference in 2013 was organized around the provocative theme, "Moving Beyond It Was Great." In the opening plenary speech, Lilli Engle warned the audience of study abroad researchers, leaders, administrators, and providers that study abroad programs were not as effective as they may want to believe. Studies were cited to show how pre-post program measures, particularly for changes in students' intercultural competence, often failed to support participants' claims that "It was Great." After sounding the alarm, recommendations were made. Specifically, the key was to intervene in students' study abroad experience in ways that challenge and support their growth. This article is the author's response to the argument that study abroad results are disappointing and that intervention is necessary to promote students' intercultural competence.
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Program Effectiveness, Cultural Pluralism, Intercultural Communication, Intervention, Program Evaluation, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A