Study Abroad and Intercultural Development: A Longitudinal Study

  • Richard J. Rexeisen
  • Philiip H. Anderson
  • Leigh Lawton
  • Ann C. Hubbard
Keywords: Intercultural Development Inventory, Study abroad, Education abroad, Evaluation

Abstract

When evaluating the effectiveness of study abroad programs, students overwhelmingly report that they continue to develop their self-confidence and world view as a result of their study abroad experience once they return home. This article presents a study that uses the intercultural development inventory (IDI) to address whether or not students' cultural learning continued to improve four months after returning from their study abroad experience. 

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Author Biographies

Richard J. Rexeisen

Richard Rexeisen is a Professor of Marketing at the University of St. Thomas. His research interests have focused on the impact of study abroad on intercultural development, environmental attitudes, and ethical reasoning. Rich has led multiple study abroad programs and has received training in the administration and interpretation of the IDI. 

Philiip H. Anderson

Philip Anderson is Professor and Chair of Management at the Unversity of St. Thomas. His primary research interests include problem based learning, the educational benefits of business simulations, and the relationship between study abroad and intercultural development. Phil has led 12 short- and long-term study abroad programs and has received training in the administration and interpretation of the IDI. 

Leigh Lawton

Leigh Lawton is Professor and Chair of Decision Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. His research interests have focused on the impact of study abroad programs on educational goals, problem based learning, and the educational benefits of business simulations. Leigh led a Semester-at-Sea program in 2001. 

Ann C. Hubbard

Anne Hubbard is the Associate Director of International Education at the University of St. Thomas. She has been responsible for managing study abroad programs for many years and has received training in the administration and interpretation of the IDI. 

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Published
2008-12-30
How to Cite
Rexeisen, R. J., Anderson, P. H., Lawton, L., & Hubbard, A. C. (2008). Study Abroad and Intercultural Development: A Longitudinal Study. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 17(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v17i1.241
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Research Articles