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ERIC Number: EJ805487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Exploring the Impact of Study Abroad on Students' Intercultural Communication Skills: Adaptability and Sensitivity
Williams, Tracy Rundstrom
Journal of Studies in International Education, v9 n4 p356-371 2005
This study answers a need for outcome assessment in study abroad by exploring the intercultural communication skills of study abroad and on campus students. Through a pretest and posttest of two specific skills, intercultural adaptability and intercultural sensitivity, study abroad students were compared to students who stay on campus to measure their change (if any) during the course of the semester. Using the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory and the Intercultural Sensitivity Index, the two student groups individually assessed their strengths and weaknesses through a self-reported inventory at the beginning and end of the fall 2002 academic semester. Results confirmed the hypothesis that students who study abroad exhibit a greater change in intercultural communication skills after their semester abroad than students who stay on campus. Results also indicated that exposure to various cultures was the greatest predictor of intercultural communication skills. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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