Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They're Not, and What We Can Do About It

Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They're Not, and What We Can Do About It

by Michael Vande Berg, R. Michael Paige, Kris Hemming Lou
     
 

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A central purpose of this book is to question the claims commonly made about the educational benefits of study abroad.

Traditional metrics of enrollment increases and student self-report, and practices of structural immersion, are being questioned as educators voice growing uncertainty about what students are or are not in fact learning abroad. This book looks into

Overview

A central purpose of this book is to question the claims commonly made about the educational benefits of study abroad.

Traditional metrics of enrollment increases and student self-report, and practices of structural immersion, are being questioned as educators voice growing uncertainty about what students are or are not in fact learning abroad. This book looks into whether these criticisms are justified—and what can be done if they are.

The contributors to this book offer a counter-narrative to common views that learning takes place simply through students studying elsewhere, or through their enrolling in programs that take steps structurally to “immerse” them in the experience abroad.

Student Learning Abroad reviews the dominant paradigms of study abroad; marshals rigorous research findings, with emphasis on recent studies that offer convincing evidence about what undergraduates are or are not learning; brings to bear the latest knowledge about human learning and development that raises questions about the very foundations of current theory and practice; and presents six examples of study abroad courses or programs whose interventions apply this knowledge.

This book provokes readers to reconsider long-held assumptions, beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in study abroad and to reexamine the design and delivery of their programs. In doing so, it provides a new foundation for responding to the question that may faculty and staff are now asking: What do I need to know, and what do I need to be able to do, to help my students learn and develop more effectively abroad?

Contributors:
Laura Bathurst
Milton Bennett
Gabriele Weber Bosley
John Engle
Lilli Engle
Tara Harvey
Mitchell Hammer
David Kolb
Bruce La Brack
Kris Hemming Lou
Kate McCleary
Catherine Menyhart
R. Michael Paige
Angela Passarelli
Adriana Medina-López Portillo
Meghan Quinn
Jennifer Meta Robinson
Riikka Salonen
Victor Savicki
Douglas Stuart
Michael Vande Berg
James Zull

While the authors who have contributed to Student Learning Abroad are all known for their work in advancing the field of education abroad, a number have recently been honored by leading international education associations. Bruce La Brack received NAFSA’s 2012 Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Award for Innovative Research and Scholarship. Michael Paige (2007) and Michael Vande Berg (2012) are recipients of the Forum on Education Abroad’s Peter A. Wollitzer Award.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Voici un gros et grand livre: gros parce qu’il fait 440 pages, riches et denses, grand parce qu’il est intéressant, important, essential. Contenant dix-sept chapitres écrits par des spécialistes et praticiens de l’interculturel, il constitue une synthèse des plus remarquables sur le sujet [des études] à l’étranger."

"The book is a good source for study-abroad professionals and has the ability to provide direction for programs needing new life breathed into them, particularly at a time when budgets are shrinking, calls for accountability are increasing, and students deserve, more than ever, to have truly meaningful study-abroad experiences."

"Argues for the re-evaluation of longstanding assumptions and practices in study-abroad programs."

French Review Vol. 87.1
"Voici un gros et grand livre: gros parce qu’il fait 440 pages, riches et denses, grand parce qu’il est intéressant, important, essential. Contenant dix-sept chapitres écrits par des spécialistes et praticiens de l’interculturel, il constitue une synthèse des plus remarquables sur le sujet [des études] à l’étranger."
The Review of Higher Education - Peggy Delmas
"The book is a good source for study-abroad professionals and has the ability to provide direction for programs needing new life breathed into them, particularly at a time when budgets are shrinking, calls for accountability are increasing, and students deserve, more than ever, to have truly meaningful study-abroad experiences."
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Argues for the re-evaluation of longstanding assumptions and practices in study-abroad programs."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579227142
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
470
Sales rank:
689,561
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Vande Berg is vice president for Academic Affairs at the Council on International Educational Exchange. He completed his PhD in comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He has held leadership positions at several institutions that are unusually committed to the international education of their students, including Georgetown University; the School for International Training; Michigan State University; Kalamazoo College; and el Instituto Internacional, in Madrid, Spain. Michael has authored a wide range of international education, intercultural relations, and comparative literature publications, including Spanish-to-English translations of two classics of 20th-century Spanish literature. He has been the principal investigator of several study abroad research projects, including the Georgetown Consortium Project; frequently consults with faculty and staff about international education topics; and leads intercultural workshops in the United States and abroad. A founding board member of the Forum on Education Abroad, he now serves as a senior faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. Michael is also the recipient of The Forum on Education Abroad’s 2012 Peter A. Wollitzer award.

R. Michael Paige is professor of international and intercultural education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. He is the cofounder of the university’s Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) program and the EdD program for International Educators. His research in recent years has focused on the impact of study abroad, the development of intercultural competence, the internationalization of higher education, and global engagement. He has codirected or served as a research consultant on a number of major studies including Maximizing Study Abroad, the Georgetown Consortium Project, CIEE’s Transformative Power of Study Abroad, and Study Abroad for Global Engagement (SAGE). An active scholar, he has coauthored the Maximizing Study Abroad volumes, coedited Culture as the Core: Perspectives on Culture in Second Language Learning, edited Education for the Intercultural Experience, and authored numerous research articles. He is also the recipient of The Forum on Education Abroad’s 2007 Peter A. Wollitzer award.

Kris Hemming Lou has been director of international education and associate professor of international studies at Willamette University since 2003. He is an active member of the Association of International Educators (AIEA), CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, the European Association of International Education, the Forum on Education Abroad, ISEP: International Student Exchange Programs, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He presents frequently on issues of intercultural learning abroad and has taught in the United States, Austria, and Japan. Kris previously held faculty and administrative positions at Aquinas College (where he established the international programs office as the college’s assistant dean of International Programs & Cultural Studies), the Oregon University System, and the University of Innsbruck. His education includes studying abroad as both an undergraduate and a graduate student for more than three years in Germany (Tübingen and Munich) and the Soviet Union (Leningrad), culminating in a PhD in political science (international relations) from the University of Oregon. Kris is CEO of Hemming & Weber Consulting, LLC, which provides intercultural consulting services to educational institutions.

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