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Whatley, Melissa – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This study explores the role of peer influence on students' decisions to participate in study abroad. Although previous research has identified many factors that relate to study abroad participation, peer influence represents an underexplored factor for consideration in this line of research. Using the tools of social network analysis, this study…
Descriptors: Peer Influence, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students, Student Participation
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Gondra, Ager; Czerwionka, Lori – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This investigation examined intercultural knowledge development in a short-term study abroad program in a cultural and linguistic minority context (Basque Country, Spain). A pre- and post-program quantitative and qualitative design was used with 26 participants. The quantitative, survey-based results demonstrated an increase in intercultural…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Study Abroad, Knowledge Management, Pretests Posttests
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Jolley, Alison; Brogt, Erik; Kennedy, Ben M.; Hampton, Samuel J.; Fraser, Lyndon – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
Field education is a critical and enriching component of the undergraduate geoscience curriculum and is enhanced when combined with a study abroad program. The affective domain -- defined in geoscience as emotion, motivation, and connection to Earth -- is an integral part of the field experience. Using questionnaire data collected at the start of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Geology, Field Trips
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Yang, Hongwei; Wang, Yingqi – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
An online survey of 374 US college students was conducted in April, 2015 to examine whether and how subjective norm, direct and indirect experiences related to China, their perceptions of China (China's country reputation), and media coverage of China influence their interests of studying in China. Statistical results show that their subjective…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Reputation
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; Duncan-Bendix, Jennifer; Biehl, Maja Sbahl – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
The study purpose was to examine U.S. college students' perceptions of their engagement and learning after studying abroad for a semester in Denmark. All students participated in a course focusing on children and adolescents in Scandinavian contexts, a semester-long practicum experience in a Danish educational institution, and two course-embedded…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Study Abroad
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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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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
Houser, Chris; Brander, Robert; Brannstrom, Christian; Trimble, Sarah; Flaherty, Jane – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2016
Rip currents are narrow seaward-flowing currents common on many global beaches and are capable of transporting even experienced swimmers a significant distance offshore, placing them at risk of needing rescue or drowning. In this respect, rips represent a significant hazard to beach users around the world and are recognized as a major health…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Knowledge Level, Risk, College Students
Anderson, Philip H.; Lawton, Leigh – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
While there is a growing body of research on study abroad programs, as Li, Olson, and Frieze (2013) observed, "Research on study abroad has primarily focused on the effects or outcomes of study abroad participation on the students involved in these programs…Very limited attention has been devoted to studying factors affecting students'…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Motivation, Intention, Decision Making
Shiveley, James; Misco, Thomas – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
In recent years, teacher education programs across the country have worked to increase the focus on global competency among the skills needed for a beginning teacher. For the purposes of this study, global competency is defined as, "a body of knowledge about the world regions, cultures, and global issues, and the skills and dispositions to…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Experience, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Shadowen, Noel L.; Chieffo, Lisa P.; Guerra, Nancy G. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
The growing popularity and push for engagement in education abroad programs in the U.S. and globally, coupled with the need to demonstrate tangible benefits, has increased focus on how best to assess impact beyond academic outcomes. The purpose of the present study was to develop and validate a brief education abroad assessment that focuses on key…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Measures (Individuals), Learner Engagement, Outcome Measures
Pyper, Marcie J.; Slagter, Cynthia – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
This article reports on the results of undergraduate students that studied abroad (SA) and primary underlying factors behind their successful language study. The 189 participants were undergraduate students that studied abroad (Spain, Peru, and Honduras) in one of three advanced Spanish language semester-long programs through a Midwest four-year…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning
Poag, Trevor; Sperandio, Jill – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Universities increasingly prioritize intercultural learning experiences that prepare students to become competent professionals in an interconnected world (Egron-Polak, 2012; de Witt, 2009). Study abroad represents one such learning experience for U.S. university students. Study abroad programs, although varies in structure and curriculum, share…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Religion, Change, Foreign Countries
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Li, Liu – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2014
In the era of globalization, the number of students studying abroad is increasing dramatically. Accordingly, there is an increasing interest among researchers in students' language gains in the study-abroad (SA) context. To deepen our understanding of second language (L2) reading acquisition in different contexts, it is necessary to examine…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Study Abroad, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Murphy, Dianna; Sahakyan, Narek; Yong-Yi, Doua; Magnan, Sally Sieloff – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2014
Study abroad is typically seen as a primary vehicle for building students' global competence. The belief is that study abroad will better prepare graduates to meet opportunities and challenges in an increasingly globalized and interdependent world, that is, study abroad will produce global citizens. Given the low participation rate in study…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Study Abroad, Global Approach, Cultural Awareness
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