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Heather Haeger; John E. Banks; Roman Christiaens; Lily Amador – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2024
Educational travel, and in particular study abroad programs, are generally beneficial to students, but less is known about impacts on the communities in which they are located. This study explores such impacts for a small rural community in Costa Rica that has hosted dozens of ecotourism and study abroad programs. Sixteen interviews were conducted…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Decolonization, Futures (of Society), Foreign Countries
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Luxton, India; Valdes-Vasquez, Rodolfo; Ozbek, Mehmet Egemen; Thornes, Laura – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2022
This study examines a short-term study abroad program in Costa Rica. The goals of the study are to (1) investigate the link between high impact learning practices (HIPs) and program learning outcomes and (2) capture the relation between program structure, program facilitation, and student learning networks. The methodology includes ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Correlation, Educational Practices
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Habashy, Noel; Webster, Nicole – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2022
Despite the growing body of literature investigating education abroad programs, there remains very limited empirical research examining the perspectives of local community members who interact with visiting students. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to explore the varying perspectives of residents within a community in Costa Rica that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Field Experience Programs, Community Attitudes
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Wick, David; Willis, Tasha Y.; Rivera, Jacqueline; Lueker, Evelyn; Hernandez, Maria – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2019
This qualitative study counters deficit narratives about first-generation Latinx students by exploring multiple forms of community cultural wealth (CCW; Yosso, 2005) that 25 students leveraged and increased during service activities and homestays in Costa Rica. Through longitudinal data and with CCW as a conceptual framework, three key themes…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, First Generation College Students, Hispanic American Students, Community Resources
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McLaughlin, Jacqueline; Patel, Mit; Johnson, D. Kent; de la Rosa, Carlos L. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
Short-term study abroad experiences are the most common type of undergraduate study abroad programs offered by universities in the United States. However, and to the best of our knowledge, little empirical research exists on students' learning outcomes following their participation in a short-term program using an integrated research praxis. To…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Ecology
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Jochum, Christopher; Rawlings, Jared R.; Tejada, Ana María – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Spanish teachers' feelings of self-efficacy can provide an important measure of their abilities to be effective in the classroom and, perhaps, affect student achievement. There is a need for qualitative research focused on the lived experiences of inservice foreign language teachers while they are immersed in the target culture in order to better…
Descriptors: Spanish, Language Teachers, Study Abroad, Self Efficacy
Duperron, Lucile; Overstreet, Mark H. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2009
Study abroad (SA) is one of the flagship offerings among United States higher education institutions. Approximately 220,000 students studied abroad in the 2005/2006 academic year, 52.8% of whom studied on programs that lasted eight weeks or less. The effect of these short-term programs on second language development has been little investigated,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Prior Learning
Gutel, Heather – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2008
A home stay is typically defined as a period of time in which a person resides with a family in a home located outside his or her country of residence. Living with a host family is frequently connected to learning a language and immersion in a foreign culture. Study abroad students often participate in home stays, but there is little academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Culture, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Gender Differences
Santanello, Cathy; Wolff, Laura – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2008
One faces several challenges when designing an education abroad program. These include engaging non-traditional majors in study abroad experiences; facilitating learning activities that directly align with the learning goals of the courses; assessing specific learning outcomes; and finding ways to close the circle after the study abroad programs…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Lifelong Learning
McLaughlin, Jacqueline S.; Johnson, D. Kent – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2006
Constructivist learning theory holds that "learning consists less in recording information than in interpreting it. To interpret what is received and is attended to, the learner must personally construct meaning for it." Unfortunately, opportunities for interpreting conceptual information are often lacking in classroom…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), International Educational Exchange, Conservation (Environment), Experiential Learning
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Twombly, Susan B. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 1995
Argues that educators must ask not only how gender (and race and ethnicity) affects the study abroad experience, including attitudes toward the host country, but also what study abroad programs can do to turn potentially negative experiences for female students into critical learning experiences. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Females, Foreign Countries, Friendship