NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1110440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-8
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1099-839X
Using an Intention/Reflection Practice to Focus Students towards Future Professions in a Short-Term International Travel Experience
Fierke, Kerry K.; Lepp, Gardner A.; Bastianelli, Karen; Vogelsang, Lisa; Tornabene, Ladona
Current Issues in Education, v19 n2 Aug 2016
The article describes a student-centered approach to generating meaningful learning outcomes in a short-term study abroad program. A practice named Intention/Reflection (I/R) was used to help students to identify, articulate, and reflect upon learning objectives that were personally meaningful, within the broader framework of the intended outcomes of the course. Secondarily, this exercise was intended to limit the potential cultural and logistic obstacles of the travel experience, and enhance the students' overall experience. This process included three distinct reflective writing periods: prior to travelling, during the trip, and after the trip. The I/R practice encouraged the students to engage in, and take partial ownership of the quality of their learning experiences through a self-directed learning component while abroad. Qualitative data collection revealed student focus on their future professions. The evaluated effects of the student-selected activities that emerged from the I/R practice, and how other instructors may incorporate I/R for study abroad, are also discussed
Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. Deans Office, P.O. Box 870211 Payne 108, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-3306; Fax: 480-965-6231; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A