This book is intended to guide advisors, administrators, and faculty members engaged with study abroad who are concerned with answering the question: what does study abroad achieve? It will also inform the work of study abroad organizations as well as institutions receiving study abroad students. Offering a broad-based approach to assessment, the book will appeal to those starting out. However, an array of case studies, illustrating the often untidy process of implementation, will equally appeal to those further along by offering creative – and often simple – approaches to common problems. Following an account of how, and why, assessment in the field has evolved, the first part of the book sets the stage for the reader to consider the role of mission and context in determining purpose, goals and outcomes; to identify and consult with stakeholders; determine what data and expertise may already be available on campus; match methods and tools to questions; and create realistic plans to communicate findings, and to act upon them. The second part of the book offers an overview of appropriate tools and strategies for assessing study abroad, emphasizing the importance of carefully formulating and prioritizing assessment questions and understanding the advantages and drawbacks of different instruments. It describes an array of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, illustrating their application with examples of practice, and concludes by outlining the process of putting a plan into action.The book concludes with ten case studies that illustrate various approaches to planning, experimentation, and implementation, some revealing false starts and lessons learned, and all conveying the message that assessment is an iterative, on-going process that needs constant refinement. The cases represent a wide variety of institutional and organizational types and demonstrate how each selected methods suited to their capacities and cultures.
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About the Author
Victor Savicki is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, at Western Oregon University. His recent research has focused on stress, coping and adjustment in cross-cultural settings. He has participated in a variety of study abroad programs both as an instructor and a researcher.
Elizabeth Brewer is Director, International Education, at Beloit College.
Brian Whalen is the President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad. Until 2010 he was also Associate Provost, Associate Professor of International Studies and Executive Director of the Office of Global Education at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where The Forum continues to be housed. A well-known international educator, Brian writes and speaks on a wide range of international education topics and serves on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation Partnership for International Research and Education, NanoJapan Program and the Editorial Board of the journal, Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature. Brian is the founding editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, started in 1994 as the first academic journal devoted to study abroad, and he continues to serve as its editor and publisher. For five years he was an on-site resident director of study abroad programs in Italy, and he has developed and overseen programs in over 40 countries.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction: Issues in Assessing Study AbroadVictor Savicki and Elizabeth Brewer PART ONE: THEORY AND BACKGROUND ON ASSESSING STUDY ABROAD 1) How We Got to Where We Are (and Aren’t) in Assessing Study Abroad LearningMark Salisbury 2) Beyond the Study Abroad Industry: Perspectives From Other Disciplines on Assessing Study Abroad Learning OutcomesRachel Shively, Nick Gozik, Elizabeth Brewer, Dennis Doyle, and Victor Savicki 3) Closing the Loop: Linking Stages of the Assessment CycleNick Gozik PART TWO: TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR ASSESSING STUDY ABROAD 4) Contextualizing the Assessment Journey and Tools for the TrekKevin P. Saunders, Jen Hogan, and Christa Lee Olson 5) Using Qualitative Research Methods to Assess Education AbroadTasha Bleistein and Mary Shepard Wong 6) Quantitative Approaches to Study Abroad AssessmentMark E. Engberg and Lisa M. Davidson PART THREE: CASE STUDIES OF PRACTICE IN ASSESSING STUDY ABROAD 7) Where and How Do Students Learn Abroad? Using Reflective Writing for Meaning-Making and AssessmentElizabeth Brewer and Joshua Moore 8) Adapting the Office Mission and Assessment Practices to Institutional NeedsNick Gozik 9) Integrated Assessment Strategies: Linking Study Abroad Outcomes to the Liberal Arts Core CurriculumDennis M. Doyle 10) Engagement: Assessment's Ability to Connect People, Ideas, and PracticeKelly McLaughlin 11) Using Data for Improvement and Advocacy: A 10-Year Retrospective on Outcomes Assessment Through Multimethod Longitudinal Studies and Institutional DataElaine Meyer-Lee and Karen Chambers 12) Continuous Improvement in a Small Study Abroad Office Using Outcomes AssessmentVictor Savicki and Michele V. Price 13) A Closer Look at the Wesleyan Intercultural Competence Scale: A New Tool for Measuring Study Abroad OutcomesSteven E. Stemler and Carolyn K. Sorkin 14) Engaging Stakeholders in Assessment of Student Learning in Off-Campus ProgramsJoan Gillespie, Elizabeth Ciner, and David Schodt 15) Using a Partnership Approach in Study Abroad: Implications and Strategies for Program Design and AssessmentMary F. Price, Julie A. Hatcher, Dawn Michele Whitehead, and Gil Latz 16) Capacity Building for Assessing Study Abroad OutcomesElizabeth Brewer About the ContributorsIndex