Intercultural Development: Study Abroad Vs. On-Campus Study

  • Phillip H. Anderson
  • Leigh Lawton
Keywords: Assessment, Study Abroad, Education Abroad, Intercultural Development Inventory, Global Perspective Inventory

Abstract

This article presents a study based on a semester-long study abroad program in an English-speaking country. Some researchers have called for improved assessment of study abroad programs, while others suggest establishing a minimum standard for every program, including qualitative and quantitative measures. Therefore, if the goal is to assess whether improved intercultural development occurred as a result of students studying abroad, then this study’s results offer support that both the GPI and the IDI can fulfill this role.

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Author Biographies

Phillip H. Anderson

Philip Anderson is Professor of Management at the University of St. Thomas (MN). His primary research interests include problem-based learning, the educational benefits of business simulations, and the relationship between study abroad and intercultural development. He has led 14 short- and long-term study abroad programs. 

Leigh Lawton

Leigh Lawton is Professor of Statistics in the Operations Management Department 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. 

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Published
2011-08-15
How to Cite
Anderson, P. H., & Lawton, L. (2011). Intercultural Development: Study Abroad Vs. On-Campus Study. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 21(1), 86-108. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v21i1.305
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Research Articles