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ERIC Number: EJ974999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Study Abroad Experiences and Global Citizenship: Fostering Proenvironmental Behavior
Wynveen, Christopher J.; Kyle, Gerard T.; Tarrant, Michael A.
Journal of Studies in International Education, v16 n4 p334-352 Sep 2012
Short-term study abroad programs currently account for more than 50% of students who study overseas. Using an adaptation of the Value-Belief-Norm theory of proenvironmental behavior (Stern, 2000), we hypothesized that study abroad nurtures global citizenship related to ecologically conscious behaviors by strengthening core relations among environmental values, beliefs, and norms. The sample consisted of students (n = 623) from 10 U.S. universities participating in a 4-week study abroad program to either Australia or New Zealand in 2008 and 2009. A pre-, posttest design was adopted in which students voluntarily completed a survey instrument on the first and last days of the program in the destination country. Results of the study suggested that the modified Value-Belief-Norm approach provides a robust theoretical framework, used in conjunction with theories of learning, for explaining how proenvironmental behavior is nurtured. These findings provided empirical support for the efficacy of short-term study abroad programs and developed further support for the importance of strong pedagogical techniques implemented by competent instructors. (Contains 3 notes, 7 tables and 2 figures.)
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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: Australia; New Zealand