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Brewer, Elizabeth – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2011
Study abroad's purpose, once conceived primarily as a means for acquiring knowledge in a content area as well as language acquisition, began in the 1980s to be considered a vehicle for helping American students become less "parochial" and better prepared to live and work in a globalized world. To achieve these goals, students must be…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Workshops, Faculty Development, Study Abroad
Woolf, Michael – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
The purpose of this essay is to focus on assertions that have accumulated around the work of international education professionals and practitioners: the idea of the global citizen. The propagation of this notion derives from, essentially, two sources: (1) it is a recurrent claim made by study abroad programs; and (2) it is used also as a means of…
Descriptors: International Education, Citizenship, Global Approach, Study Abroad
Jimenez-Jimenez, Antonio F. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
The present paper aims to achieve a better understanding of the process of vocabulary acquisition by examining the development of lexical knowledge in both classroom and study abroad contexts. Taking Ife, Vives Boix, and Meara's (2000) study as a starting point, this study attempts to determine whether development in both levels of vocabulary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Comparative Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Study Abroad
Franklin, Kimberly – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Research shows that study abroad experience affects professional qualifications. It is evident that employers value the skills and knowledge potentially gained from study abroad and that these competencies are transferable on the job. Nearly all known research lacks a longitudinal component. Of the few studies that focus on long-term outcomes,…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Alumni, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Pluralism
Allen, Heather – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
The idea that study abroad (SA) is an ideal context for acquiring language is one largely supported by foreign language (FL) students and their teachers, the latter often recollecting their own successful if not life-transforming sojourns abroad. According to Rivers (1998), SA represents "an environment which most closely resembles the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Experience, Second Language Learning, Social Networks
Ireland, Colin – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Among the responsibilities of international educators is to help students begin the process of identifying the foreign in their new environments in order to learn from it. The major obstacle for Americans studying abroad in developed economies, especially in English-speaking countries, is to become sensitive to the subtleties of foreignness. The…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Foreign Countries, Developed Nations, Study Abroad
Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
In international education the conventional wisdom, supported by research, is that more contact with a host culture yields better results for study abroad students. Such exposure to a foreign culture is seen as the "raison d'etre" for study abroad: the mechanism provoking students to challenge their ethnocentric notions and move toward a…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Cultural Influences, Foreign Culture, Peer Relationship
Miller-Perrin, Cindy; Thompson, Don – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Living and learning in another country, primary conditions of the study abroad experience, are commonly associated with two fundamental outcomes. The first outcome is an increase in "external" connections, manifested through an increased ability to converse in another language and an increased understanding and sensitivity to another…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Learning Experience, Study Abroad
Craig, Ian – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
This paper presents findings of a pilot qualitative study of Caribbean students undertaking overseas immersion primarily for the purpose of perfecting their knowledge of a language and understanding of a culture other than their own. The participants were a group of eleven University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill (Barbados) graduates, five…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Interviews, Diaries, Foreign Countries
Coleman, James A.; Chafer, Tony – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Forty years ago, "abroad" meant little contact with home. Times have changed. Today a U.S. study abroad guidance website advises that Internet access is absolutely essential during study abroad, partly for access to local and world information, but "most importantly, it's the best way to connect to one's friends and family back…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Telecommunications, Social Networks, Internet
Comp, David – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Of the 205,000 U.S. students abroad during the 2004-2005 academic year, only 6,557 or slightly more than 3% of them studied in Germany. The Ohio Alliance reports that only 13% of all U.S. students who studied abroad during the 2004-2005 academic year were from the STEM fields of study. The Institute of International Education Open Doors Report,…
Descriptors: International Education, International Educational Exchange, Academic Achievement, Engineering
Savicki, Victor – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2010
Helping students and others facing the task of adapting to a foreign culture is becoming ever more pressing. The current study delves into sociocultural adaptation in order to clarify that process and provide information useful for educators, trainers, coaches, and others guiding those facing a sojourn in a foreign culture. A question to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Culture, Acculturation, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning
Braskamp, Larry A.; Braskamp, David C.; Merrill, Kelly – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2009
Education abroad has become an increasingly important educational program (experience) in global learning and development, intercultural competence, intercultural maturity, and intercultural sensitivity of students. Evidence exists that education abroad is a powerful influence on student's attitudes, intercultural skills, learning within a…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Student Development, Educational Experience, Study Abroad
Doyle, Dennis – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2009
While many educators who work closely with study abroad programs could conjure up a litany of testimonials about the dramatic impact of study abroad, it is often difficult to move beyond vaguely descriptive accounts to reliable data showing how this experience influenced a student's growth in intercultural sensitivity and awareness. King and…
Descriptors: Research Design, Student Attitudes, Holistic Evaluation, Holistic Approach
Johnson, Martha – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2009
In the ongoing dialogue surrounding the project and facilitation of education abroad, several articles and presentations have positioned the conversation in the context of Western colonial history and the behaviors of the colonial traveler. Quite appropriately, such discussions have sought to raise consciousness in regard to the danger of modeling…
Descriptors: Postmodernism, Study Abroad, World Views, Educational Objectives
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