Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Dr. Darren Kelly Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "Dr. Darren Kelly Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum"— Presentation transcript:

1 Dr. Darren Kelly Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum

2 Divergent views on the benefits of studying abroad: Academy and Faculty Vs Student expectations – a false divide? (Creating and) Using student out-of-class experiences as a platform for self-reflexive and academic learning Integrating the study abroad experience into the home campus curriculum and student research projects UtilitarianDevelopmental

3 Divergent views on the benefits of studying abroad Edwards (2000) and Toral (2010) warn of a growing gap in perceptions between policy makers, faculty, parents, and students on the value of study abroad. Policy makers believe the ultimate goal of study abroad is to create more productive workers - teach skills useful for the marketplace, including foreign language competency.

4 According to Brewer and Cunningham (2010) and Selby (2008) Faculty may be supportive, but more likely ambiguous or discouraging… They may be sceptical of the academic value of taking a course in the students major when abroad. They may simply allow the student go as it is good for them and thus, not see studying abroad as integral to their educational development… (danger of educational trades and tariffs)

5 Disciplinary learning in a different cultural context can illustrate culturally-ingrained research biases and can also lead to a demonstration of the application of previously gained disciplinary knowledge in a new context ( Bollen & Martin, 2005 ).

6 Bennett (2008) strongly argues a need for students to be culturally and internationally competent and intellectually adaptable… citing the US Supreme Court 2003: What nations dont know can hurt them. The stakes in study abroad are that simple…and that important. For their own future and that of the nation, college graduates today must be that internationally competent

7 Parents and students see study abroad more as an opportunity for individual self-maturation and attainment of greater self-confidence. intercultural competence global citizenship language learning enhancement of CV and to gain an advantage in graduate school applications

8 Erasmus in the words of students: "I realised that the experience made a whole new person of me and that I would never look at the world and Europe, my home, as I did before." "It is true – when you're in ERASMUS, you find out a lot about yourself." "ERASMUS is a lot more than a studying experience. For me it is a way to look at the world with new eyes, to feel and discover new emotions and learn what is not written in the textbooks." "If I look at my experience from a distance, I can say that I would definitely do it again, and that apart from (or maybe because of) minor problems along the way, this semester has made me a stronger and more enthusiastic person!"

9 International educators all too often leave it to serendipity to bridge [them]… (Selby, 2008) According to CIEE (2009) study abroad is about cross-cultural competence and it doesnt happen by osmosis

10 Comfort Zones, Mental Maps, the Internet and Ambi-location

11 Out-of-class experiences can be mediated through an academic framework that is linked with and reinforces in-class learning… and effective in breaking down the false dichotomy between classroom and street and between high culture and low culture. Students as intentional, critical observers can deconstruct the meaning(s) of their study abroad sites by approaching what they see in a focused and systematic way.

12 The city as classroom and testing ground for academic work Mental Maps; photo essays and mapping projects Quantitative and qualitative research projects Service learning The projects value lies in fieldwork that requires interaction with local environments and people and takes into consideration the local, national, and international context of their research, in turn testing and adding to their disciplinary learning.

13 International Relations Senior Thesis at Beloit College, WI: A Case study Macey (2005) notes the excitement the students feel when their academic studies come alive for the first time because of the physical proximity they have to their subjects. He argues that when students conduct research abroad and then complete a senior thesis at home with the appropriate literature, this represents the epitome of the liberal arts experience, integrating in the most complete way the students time abroad with the home school curriculum.

14 Conclusion Faculty, Service Providers and Student expectations of study abroad can be complimentary. Intercultural competencies and personal maturation do not necessarily occur by accident, but by design. Considering and fostering students study abroad learning as part of their educational development and integral to their home campus programme can aid their capstone / dissertation research, which is beneficial for future postgraduate study and future employment.

15 Dr. Darren Kelly Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum

16 Bibliography

Download ppt "Dr. Darren Kelly Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum"

Similar presentations

Ads by Google