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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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Niehaus, Elizabeth; Reading, Jillian; Nelson, Matthew J.; Wegener, Ashley; Arthur, Ann – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore what cultural mentoring looks like in practice in short-term study abroad courses, how frequently instructors engage in cultural mentoring, and what demographic and background variables might predict the extent to which faculty members engage in cultural mentoring. Using data from a survey of 473 faculty…
Descriptors: Mentors, Study Abroad, Predictor Variables, Race
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Coker, Jeffrey Scott; Heiser, Evan; Taylor, Laura – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2018
This five-year study of graduating seniors at Elon University (n = 1,858) compared student outcomes measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement across five study abroad groups: no study abroad, semester, short-term (three-week), two short-terms, and semester plus short-term. Both short-term and semester programs were positively…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Seniors, Outcomes of Education, Learner Engagement
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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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Goldstein, Susan B. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
An underinvestigated and significant source of stress for U.S. student sojourners across racial/ethnic groups is exposure to stereotypes that target their American identity. This study built on the extensive research literature on stereotype threat to investigate U.S. students' vulnerability and reactions to being the target of stereotypes.…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Social Bias, Racial Bias, Ethnic Stereotypes
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Nguyen, Annie – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Assessment is growing for short-term study abroad as the majority of students (63.1%) continue to choose this option (Institute of International Education, 2016). This study uses the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) to examine the impact of short-term study abroad programs on students' overall intercultural competency and the connections…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Student Surveys
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Williams, Tracy Rundstrom – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Numerous studies have shown that simply being in another culture does not guarantee the development of intercultural competence. Students need guidance to seek out opportunities to engage and to make sense of those experiences. Reflection has become a popular methodology to assist students with this. Unfortunately, students often do not know how…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Intercultural Programs, Interpersonal Competence, Student Needs
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Savicki, Victor; Price, Michele V. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2017
Reflection supports actively transforming perspectives regarding study abroad experiences. The current study examines the "how" of reflection. Content of reflections is dictated by questions posed. The process of reflection is less prescribed yet revealing of paths to student understanding. Students posted to a web log (blog) over six…
Descriptors: Reflection, Longitudinal Studies, Study Abroad, Student Journals
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
Richart, Adrienne F. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Several compelling rationales have driven dramatic increases in the number of students that U.S. American postsecondary institutions send abroad each year. The rationales are political, academic, cultural/social, and economic in nature and undeniably integral to developing graduates who are prepared to compete in the global arena. This study was…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Educational Experience, College Students, Graduation Requirements
Tarrant, Michael A.; Rubin, Donald L.; Stoner, Lee – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Study abroad has shifted from a marginal opportunity for higher education students to a core strategy of U.S. colleges and universities, considered integral in the mission to globalize the academic environment (Sutton, Miller & Rubin, 2007). The assumption is that a broad set of efforts to expose students to alternate ways of viewing the world…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Sustainability, Student Attitudes, Global Approach
McLeod, Mark; Carter, Vince; Nowicki, Steve; Tottenham, Dana; Wainwright, Philip; Wyner, Dana – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
The goal of most if not all study abroad programs is to provide students with a set of life experiences that will broaden their perspectives and expectations and have a positive impact on the way they live and think. Over the past decade, the education abroad field has experienced tremendous growth, diversification and complexity. This expansion…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Experience, Socialization, Learning Theories
Heinzmann, Sybille; Künzle, Roland; Schallhart, Nicole; Müller, Marianne – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Skills in several foreign languages are among the core competencies demanded in today's multicultural, mobile and connected society. Foreign language teaching must promote the development of intercultural competence (IC) and adaptability. The present study was carried out in Switzerland among upper secondary school students, many of whom are…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Intercultural Communication, Secondary School Students, Second Language Learning
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Goldstein, Susan B. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
Since the early 1960s, there has been a steady increase in the number of students enrolled in institutions of higher education outside of their home countries. This study contributes to the information available to study abroad professionals seeking to guide students in selecting programs that are best suited to their individual characteristics…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Predictor Variables, Preferences, Models
Anderson, Philip H.; Hubbard, Ann; Lawton, Leigh – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2015
To date, student motivation for electing to study abroad has not been incorporated into study abroad research as a potential factor influencing intercultural development. The authors of this study hypothesize that a student's motivation for studying abroad plays an important role in influencing the program a student selects and in determining what…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Pretests Posttests
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