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ERIC Number: EJ883695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Holistic Assessment and the Study Abroad Experience
Doyle, Dennis
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v18 p143-155 Fall 2009
While many educators who work closely with study abroad programs could conjure up a litany of testimonials about the dramatic impact of study abroad, it is often difficult to move beyond vaguely descriptive accounts to reliable data showing how this experience influenced a student's growth in intercultural sensitivity and awareness. King and Baxter Magolda (2005) argue for a more holistic approach to assessing the study abroad experience that can move beyond the vague, attitudinal responses and delve more deeply into student progress toward intercultural maturity. The research study reported in this paper is a response to the call for more comprehensive data from which to assess student growth and development during the semester studying abroad. First, the research design is explained to clarify the integrated approach that employs both qualitative and quantitative methods. Second, the specific project is described, as well as the holistic, interpretive framework for assessing the collected data. Third, the representative data gathered from the Global Perspectives Inventory (GPI) and in-depth interviews is shared with commentary identifying how the data may assist in a more complete understanding of the study abroad experience. Finally, a summary of this project is offered with some ideas for further research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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