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ERIC Number: EJ878373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Student Involvement as Predictive of College Freshmen Plans to Study Abroad
Rust, Val; Dhanatya, Cathryn; Furuto, Linda H. L.; Kheiltash, Omid
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v15 p1-16 Fall-Win 2007-2008
In this study, the authors analyze the 2003 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey to investigate whether freshmen who intend to study abroad express a history of active involvement. The CIRP Freshman Survey has a number of items indicating student involvement and participation. The authors created six scales based on the theory of student involvement. Their scales were based on student responses to thematically similar questionnaire items that pertained to six particular types of student involvement: academic, social, political, diversity, work, and community. This study shows that the majority of freshmen surveyed, about 53.8%, already had some interest in study abroad. Interest is there, and the task of study abroad offices is to sustain and retain that interest and make the opportunity to study abroad as attainable as possible for every student. The authors found that students who reported that they were active participants in social, academic, community, and political, and diversity activities were much more inclined to plan to go abroad than those who were not, and those who were involved with populations different from their own were much more likely to plan to go abroad than those who were involved in other ways. This finding is consistent with the literature that emphasizes not only the capacity of people who have fluid personalities to change, but also the deliberate choices they make to encounter environments that require personal change and adaptation of values. (Contains 3 tables and 29 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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