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ERIC Number: EJ1188739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Drop-Off: Pedagogy for Study Abroad Educators Fostering Intercultural Competence
Maloney, Tammera R.; Asbury, Taryn E.
International Research and Review, v7 n2 p65-84 Spr 2018
In the pursuit of developing intercultural competence in students studying abroad, effective experiential learning strategies are sought by study abroad educators. This article presents an implementation of one such strategy called "The Drop-Off" (Batchelder, 1993). The Drop-Off involves small groups of students who explore a previously unknown town in order to develop an understanding of the history and culture of that town. The purpose of the Drop-Off is for student groups to discover how to best utilize the targeted skills of observation and conversation by asking appropriate questions, listening and acquiring facts about a town previously unknown. These skills are integral to developing the core components of intercultural competence for appropriate and meaningful interactions across cultures. Implemented over two semesters in Ireland with 35 first-semester college freshmen, this pedagogy, accompanied by extensive preparation and guided reflection, may have contributed to a significant mean change in score from pre- to post-Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) for the combined semesters. This article details the process in its entirety from preparation to execution to discussion and final assignments.
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Study Abroad, Experiential Learning, Group Activities, Observation, Interpersonal Communication, College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United States