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ERIC Number: EJ899293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Study Abroad and Intercultural Development: A Longitudinal Study
Rexeisen, Richard J.; Anderson, Philip H.; Lawton, Leigh; Hubbard, Ann C.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v17 p1-20 Fall 2008
Study abroad is an expensive, resource intensive activity for both students and their home institution. With an estimated 200,000 American students studying abroad in 2006, and an annual growth rate of eight percent, program administrators and international scholars are increasingly being asked to document the learning outcomes associated with study aboard to validate the expenditure of funds and resources. While additional studies employing a pre-post design are needed to evaluate the effect of study abroad programs, there is little research to show that study abroad has a lasting impact after students return to their home culture. A notable exception is a 2002 survey conducted by The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES, 2002), one of the largest known surveys of study abroad alumni. However, an important limitation of the IES survey is that its findings are based on the alumni's subjective self-report. In this study, the authors address this shortcoming by assessing whether or not improvement continues four months after returning from study abroad as measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). They also assess whether academic ability as measured by GPA scores or gender are related to changes in intercultural development as the result of a study abroad experience. This study provides strong support for the proposition that study abroad programs have a positive short-term impact on the intercultural development of students. The long-term impact of study abroad remains, however, in question. (Contains 3 figures and 6 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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