ERIC Number: EJ1214709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Support for a Multidimensional Model of Study Abroad Immersion Preference
Goldstein, Susan B.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v31 n1 p1-21 Apr 2019
Students seeking to study abroad are increasingly able to select their preferred level of immersion in such areas as program duration, similarity of classmates, language of instruction, and housing environment. As researchers endeavor to understand the relative contribution of these decisions to intercultural learning outcomes, information is needed regarding the student characteristics associated with these program choices. Questionnaire data from 252 undergraduates yielded demographic, social, personality, and intercultural predictors of preference for level of immersion across seven study abroad dimensions and supported a multidimensional model of immersion. Implications are discussed for outcome research methodology, study abroad advising, pre-departure training, and program design.
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Characteristics, Preferences, Immersion Programs, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Language of Instruction, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Small Colleges, Student Participation, Personality Traits, Student Interests, Cultural Awareness, Program Length, Language Proficiency, Housing, Family Influence, First Generation College Students, Introductory Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A