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Savicki, Victor; Price, Michele V. P. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2022
Despite the importance of reflection as a crucial element in stimulating successful student experience in study abroad, attempts to define and measure this construct have been fraught with difficulty. This article describes one approach to defining and validating a measure of the reflective process. University students who participated in a…
Descriptors: Reflection, Study Abroad, Writing (Composition), College Students
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Savicki, Victor; Price, Michele V. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Reflection supports actively transforming perspectives regarding study abroad experiences. The current study examines the "how" of reflection. Content of reflections is dictated by questions posed. The process of reflection is less prescribed yet revealing of paths to student understanding. Students posted to a web log (blog) over six…
Descriptors: Reflection, Longitudinal Studies, Study Abroad, Student Journals
Gray, Kelsey M.; Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Reentry has become a more focused aspect of study abroad in recent years as the field has moved away from a laissez-faire approach and toward an emphasis on intervention and support of study abroad students in their efforts to make sense of their experiences (Vande Berg, Paige & Lou, 2012). Although not a new concept (Brathurst & La Brack,…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Self Concept, Student Adjustment
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Savicki, Victor; Arrúe, Carmen; Binder, Frauke – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2013
Many study abroad programs require language proficiency, emphasize language learning, or otherwise support the development of language skills for their students. A general assumption underlying this attention to foreign language acquisition is that access to the host culture is increased as students are able to converse with host nationals using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Language Fluency, Cultural Pluralism
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Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2013
Being a study abroad student is not all sweetness and light. By definition, study abroad students are faced with acculturative stress (Berry, 2005) by virtue of encountering differences in assumptions, values, and expectations of daily living in their host culture. Add to that the usual challenge of hearing and speaking a different language, and…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Interpersonal Competence
Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2011
Foreign language proficiency and learning are crucial parts of many study abroad programs; especially those whose host culture language is different than that of the native language of students electing to study in them. Indeed, how a program organizes itself regarding pre-departure language proficiency requirements, on site language learning, and…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Social Environment, Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction
Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
In international education the conventional wisdom, supported by research, is that more contact with a host culture yields better results for study abroad students. Such exposure to a foreign culture is seen as the "raison d'etre" for study abroad: the mechanism provoking students to challenge their ethnocentric notions and move toward a…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Cultural Influences, Foreign Culture, Peer Relationship
Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Helping students and others facing the task of adapting to a foreign culture is becoming ever more pressing. The current study delves into sociocultural adaptation in order to clarify that process and provide information useful for educators, trainers, coaches, and others guiding those facing a sojourn in a foreign culture. A question to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Culture, Acculturation, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning
Savicki, Victor; Adams, Ingrid; Wilde, April; Binder, Frauke – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2008
When people travel from their own home culture to a different culture, they experience variations not only in terms of scenery and societal arrangements, but also in terms of daily routines, interpersonal interactions, and expectations. Many differences are based on the divergence in underlying values and concerns of the home versus the host…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Cross Cultural Training, Depression (Psychology), Study Abroad