ERIC Number: EJ1124020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
The Reverberations of a Graduate Study Abroad Course in India: Transformational Journeys
Anderson Sathe, Laurie; Geisler, Carol C.
Journal of Transformative Education, v15 n1 p16-36 Jan 2017
Faculty in a transdisciplinary graduate program in holistic health studies, which is grounded in transformational learning led a study abroad course in India. The focus of the course is on perspectives of health and healing in India, including an understanding of Yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, and Tibetan medicine. The purpose of this phenomenological research is to describe the experiences of 13 holistic health studies graduate students who participated in this graduate study abroad course. Qualitative data were collected from students at the time of application to the course, 1 month after returning from India, and 1 year later. In addition, student applications, posttrip reflection papers, photographs, notes taken by faculty at a 1-year reunion, and results of an electronic survey were used as data. Results suggest that students experienced "mind, body and spirit" transformations with reverberations on personal, community, and global levels.
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Study Abroad, Graduate Students, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Metacognition, Asian Culture, Phenomenology, Holistic Approach, Transformative Learning, Online Surveys, Spiritual Development, Health Education, Longitudinal Studies, Course Descriptions, Self Concept, Learning Processes, Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: India; Minnesota