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ERIC Number: EJ899295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Increasing Study Abroad Participation: The Faculty Makes the Difference
Paus, Eva; Robinson, Michael
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v17 p33-49 Fall 2008
In this paper, the authors propose one model for an institution-specific analysis which they then apply to the study of their home institution, Mount Holyoke College. The paper advances their understanding of the determinants of study abroad in two important ways. First, it shows that going beyond descriptive statistics and simple correlations and using multivariate analysis allows one to isolate the factors that are statistically most important in the study abroad context of a particular institution. Such results, in turn, make it possible to assess the effectiveness of some of the institution's existing policies for expanding study abroad and to identify new areas for policy intervention. Second, their analysis of the Mount Holyoke College case identifies parent and faculty encouragement as key determinants of a student's study abroad decision. They stress the role of the faculty in increasing study abroad participation because the statistical coefficient on their encouragement is larger, because it is more feasible to involve faculty in a student's study abroad decision than to involve parents, and because faculty encouragement of study abroad may well be the key to enticing significantly more students to study abroad, especially from groups which have been underrepresented in study abroad. (Contains 6 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts