ERIC Number: EJ974296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Transformative Learning: Participant Perspectives on International Experiential Education
Intolubbe-Chmil, Loren; Spreen, Carol Anne; Swap, Robert J.
Journal of Research in International Education, v11 n2 p165-180 Aug 2012
Literature related to post-secondary education suggests that institutions of higher education have at their core "a civic mission that calls on faculty, students, and administrators to apply their skills, resources, and talents to address important issues affecting communities, the nation, and the world" conceptualized as "engaged scholarship" (Stanton, 2008). In this article we illustrate the ways in which one study abroad program embraces a model of engaged scholarship though connections to a broader cross-cultural and interdisciplinary network. We demonstrate how long-term international collaborations and field-based experiential learning opportunities between US and southern African institutions reflect core principles of relationships, respect and reciprocity, providing opportunities for purposeful and culturally grounded transformative student learning experiences. One key aspect of this network was to design study abroad opportunities that create pedagogical alternatives that influence civic identity development, build cultural competence, enhance notions of citizenship, and emphasize community engagement. This article presents the findings from a formative evaluation of the experiences of a number of the undergraduate students and others who have participated in the study abroad component of this network.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Formative Evaluation, Transformative Learning, Service Learning, Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Cooperation, Experiential Learning, Educational Opportunities, Teaching Methods, Citizenship, Cultural Awareness, Networks
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa