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ERIC Number: EJ936412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Study Abroad and the Internet: Physical and Virtual Context in an Era of Expanding Telecommunications
Coleman, James A.; Chafer, Tony
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v19 p151-167 Fall-Win 2010
Forty years ago, "abroad" meant little contact with home. Times have changed. Today a U.S. study abroad guidance website advises that Internet access is absolutely essential during study abroad, partly for access to local and world information, but "most importantly, it's the best way to connect to one's friends and family back home." The present questionnaire study reports on U.K. graduates who, across two decades, had undertaken a work placement in Senegal, West Africa, during the penultimate academic year of their four-year degree in French. Data on Internet and telephone communications with home, as well as on homesickness and visits to and from home, illustrate the possibility of locating the study abroad experience in the context of available telecommunications in home and host country. The findings are seen as a necessary preliminary to exploring whether more immediate and frequent contacts with home and virtual social networks may impact upon the degree of integration and acculturation achieved during study abroad. (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: Senegal; United Kingdom
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