ERIC Number: EJ1170854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Individuation, Vitalism and Space in the Overseas Study Tour
Cole, David R.
Higher Education Research and Development, v37 n2 p241-253 2018
Study abroad programs at university are supported as a means to expand university operations beyond the study walls of the institution, and to help students become aware of and cope with the demands of an increasingly interconnected and globalised world. This paper questions the assumptions that underlie the tendencies in contemporary study abroad programs, whose ethos it is argued, at the same time misunderstands and underestimates the potential effects of the study abroad practice. Using a theoretical framework derived from the French philosophy of science of Gilbert Simondon, Gaston Bachelard and Georges Canguilhem, this paper puts to work fully elaborated and contextualised concepts, which look to change and expand one's notion of the learning possible due to study abroad programs, beyond experiential change. Simondon's individuation questions the ways in which particular student agencies and learning characteristics are constructed in study abroad tours, Bachelard's concept of space questions the reality of precise coordinates and concrete analyses of the study abroad tour itinerary, and Canguilhem's vitalism puts under pressure "the life" of the tour learnings and effects. This paper will be furnished with empirical evidence taken from a recent overseas tour involving Australian students performing teaching practicums in schools in Penang, Malaysia.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, College Students, Educational Benefits, Role of Education, Learning Processes, Student Experience, Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Transformative Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Malaysia
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