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ERIC Number: EJ849772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1541-4329
Effect of Short Study Abroad Course on Student Openness to Diversity
Ismail, Baraem; Morgan, Mark; Hayes, Kirby
Journal of Food Science Education, v5 n1 p15-18 Jan 2006
An important contributing factor to students' willingness to work with diverse people is their "openness" to diversity. The objective of this study was to test the effect of a short (3-wk) study abroad course to China on the openness to diversity/challenge of the 23 students participating in the China study abroad course. Students were given the "openness to diversity" survey at the beginning of the course and at the end of the course. Statistical analysis concerning the change in openness to diversity between pre-test and post-test was conducted using the Mann-Whitney non-parametric test (P less than or equal to 0.05). A significant increase (P = 0.007) in openness to diversity was observed as a result of the short study abroad course. The overall average change in openness to diversity found for this study (0.07) was consistent with that reported for semester-long study abroad groups (0.074). Together these findings imply that short study abroad courses may have a significant effect on students' openness to diversity and may be as effective as longer study abroad programs. Overall, any study abroad course presents an opportunity to increase students' openness to diversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China