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ERIC Number: EJ940133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Enhancing Cultural Awareness through an Agricultural Sustainability Course in Costa Rica
Unruh-Snyder, Lori J.; Lamm, Alexa J.; Brendemuhl, Joel; Irani, Tracy; Roberts, T. Grady; Rodriguez, Mary T.; Navarro, Julia
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v40 p191-198 2011
International learning experiences are increasingly considered critical by universities in order to address the breadth of knowledge and skills required by food and agricultural scientists. An international experience helps create an awareness of international perspectives and prepares students for a global workforce. This article discusses the impact of a study abroad course in Costa Rica focused on agricultural sustainability and cultural awareness. The experimental design had three components: a pretest, 7-week intervention, and post-test to assess participants' changes over time, regarding their cultural awareness and interests to pursue careers in agriculture. The experiment occurred in 2009 and 2010. Participants agreed the course enhanced their cultural awareness and that as a student studying agriculture it was important for them to understand other cultures. They indicated the ability to apply their learning to their careers in the United States. In addition, within the open ended question section, 27 of the 33 students participating in the course reported that as a result of the course they would like to work with agriculture in an international capacity in the future. In summary, this study succeeded in reaching its goals to enhance students' cultural awareness. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica