ERIC Number: EJ1084763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Study Abroad in Psychology: Increasing Cultural Competencies through Experiential Learning
Earnest, David R.; Rosenbusch, Katherine; Wallace-Williams, Devin; Keim, Alaina C.
Teaching of Psychology, v43 n1 p75-79 Jan 2016
Despite the prominence of study abroad programs, few are offered in the field of psychology. The current study sought to investigate the impact of study abroad programs in psychology through a comparison of study abroad and domestic student cultural competencies. Participants included 104 undergraduate students enrolled in either a psychology study abroad program or domestic psychology courses who completed pre-post Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory measures. Results indicated greater emotional resilience, perceptual acuity, and cultural adjustment in study abroad students when compared to domestic students. Results suggest that by incorporating the experiential learning of study abroad with psychology's focus on human behavior, faculty can create high-impact learning environments that foster student cultural competencies.
Descriptors: Psychology, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Comparative Analysis, Emotional Development, Resilience (Psychology), Educational Environment, Teaching Methods, Acculturation, Experiential Learning, Perception, College Students, Measures (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina (Buenos Aires)