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Elliott, Timothy Lynn; Romito, Lorien – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
Students studying at US institutions of higher education come from a broad range of religious and non-religious traditions. Yet religion is often a "no go" topic of discussion within the American cultural context and educators frequently lack the training to engage in productive conversations about this aspect of students' identities.…
Descriptors: Religion, Cultural Pluralism, Study Abroad, Self Concept
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Nyitray, Vivian-Lee – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
When preparing students for study abroad, understanding the religious dimension of the target country/culture is generally viewed as essential for cultural competency training. What is generally left unexamined is the civil religious culture that might be operative. This essay first provides an introduction to the concept as it was introduced by…
Descriptors: Religion, Coping, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness
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Stanley, Joseph F. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This essay explores Italian mercantile perceptions of the non-western Mediterranean world during the late Middle Ages. In particular, it analyzes the corpus of merchant manuals known as "pratiche della mercatura" and argues that the intercultural and cross-confessional material included in these handbooks were vital components that…
Descriptors: Business Communication, International Trade, Intercultural Communication, Guides
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Dinani, Thandiwe – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
Spiritual development is an epistemological journey of seeking to make meaning of life's activities, order, and relationship between events (Love, 2002). This process occurs when students experience a degree of dissonance that pushes them to question what they know, how they know it, and expand their understanding based on new experiences and…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Study Abroad, African American Students, Constructivism (Learning)
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Ulrich, Edward T. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
For the first time, in 2008, I offered a world religions study abroad course in South India. The special emphasis was meeting and befriending locals, and the centerpiece of the course was a six-night stay in rural homes. I considered this immersion in a Hindu context to be the best setting for learning Hindu thought. However, the environment was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religion, Study Abroad, Rural Areas
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Woolf, Michael – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This essay examines the interaction between the myth of the Wandering Jew, diaspora history and the notion of cosmopolitanism. This is a paradoxical synthesis that points in several directions: towards the ideals embedded in international education; towards the roots of anti-Semitism; in the direction of the notion of cosmopolitanism as a crime…
Descriptors: Mythology, Jews, Social Bias, Social Discrimination
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Ndemanu, Michael T. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This essay explores the traditional African religious beliefs and practices of the people of Bangwa in the Southwestern region of Cameroon in order to uncover how those beliefs influence their thought processes and worldviews. In the course of rethinking and re-examining their belief systems and their traditional religious practices, the following…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religion, Beliefs, Cultural Influences
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McCoy, Mitchell A.; Holt, Sally – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
As a point of departure for understanding the complexities of Spanish national and individual identities, it is incumbent that a student begin by investigating Spanish iterations of the three Abrahamic religions. This presupposition of religion's centrality in the pursuit of better informed understandings of the Spanish nation, people, history and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Religion, European History
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Onyenekwu, Ifeyinwa; Angeli, Julianne Marie; Pinto, Ransford; Douglas, Ty-Ron – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
The Institute for International Education's Annual Open Doors Report (2014) indicates that less than 5% of study abroad college students travel to sub-Saharan African countries, with South Africa being the only African country to make the top 25 study abroad destinations for U.S. students, and it attracts only 1.8% of all collegians. Study abroad…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Misconceptions, Content Analysis, Stereotypes
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Ficarra, Julie M. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
The overarching assumption within popular approaches to global learning is that it takes place either in classrooms at home or in the case of study abroad, in experiential learning environments overseas. Policies and programs are carefully crafted to respond to particular institutional goals and objectives towards internationalization. These…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Portfolios (Background Materials), Hidden Curriculum, Institutional Mission
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Mulvaney, Mary Kay – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
International education expands a student's perspectives, encourages interest in cultural variations, promotes critical analysis, and strengthens observational and interpersonal skills. Yet, even more research is seemingly needed to confirm the value of study abroad, not only for the individual students involved, but for communities and society at…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Honors Curriculum, Alumni, Experiential Learning
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Strange, Hannah; Gibson, Heather J. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Transformative Learning Theory is a framework proposed by Mezirow (1991). It asserts that through reflection, active learning, and placing ourselves in uncomfortable situations students are able to develop their understanding of the world and of themselves, allowing a potential change to their perspectives and frames of reference. On the other…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Experiential Learning, Transformative Learning, Program Length
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Gleye, Paul – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
On the morning of March 22, 2016, two men pushed luggage trolleys containing suitcases laden with nail bombs into the departure hall of the Brussels airport and detonated them. About an hour later, a third suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in a subway train at the Maelbeek metro station near central Brussels. These attacks claimed the lives of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Terrorism, Student Experience
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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
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Macedo, Joseli – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Study abroad programs offer a unique opportunity to evaluate pedagogic models. The role of studios in design and planning pedagogy has been examined. However, how the general framework of a studio supports other pedagogic models has not been widely discussed. This article assesses a series of urban planning and design studios conducted abroad to…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models
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