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ERIC Number: EJ936423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Study Abroad and the City: Mapping Urban Identity
Blair, Scott
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v20 spec iss p37-54 Spr 2011
Study abroad by U.S. students, despite recent growth into non-western and rural destinations, often remains focused on cities, often very large and highly urbanized ones. While the destination cities for study abroad are located across the globe, European cities remain predominant, and thus, this article focuses on study abroad in one city. The very purpose of study abroad is greatly magnified in the city precisely because the city provides so many of those challenges and opportunities required of effective pedagogical strategies in cultural awareness. This article looks at how experiential learning activities can be employed to support greater tolerance for diversity in an era of globalization by using a case study from a study abroad course on the urban landscapes of LGBT communities in Paris. Drawing on National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) guidelines for experiential learning, this article (1) proposes a theoretical approach to using the city as a laboratory for facilitating intercultural learning, understanding identity formation, and building tolerance of diversity; and (2) shows how mapping can be used to better understand the complexity and specificity of urban landscapes and the identities they generate. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France (Paris)