Student Motivation to Study Abroad and Their Intercultural Development

  • Philip H. Anderson
  • Ann Hubbard American Institute for Foreign Study
  • Leigh Lawton
Keywords: Study abroad, Education abroad, measurement instrument, Intercultural competence

Abstract

This study is a first step in examining the link between motivation and the various elements of study programs; clearly more work must be done. Given the results of this study, it appears that motivation to study abroad is an important dimension to consider in future research efforts. As the tools for measuring the impact of a study abroad program are further developed and refined, we believe that we will gain greater insight into what program characteristics will attract students and what program features will optimize the gains that students realize from the experience.

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Author Biographies

Philip H. Anderson

Phil Anderson is Professor of Management at the University 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 18 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 of Statistics in the Operations Management and Supply Chain 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
2015-08-15
How to Cite
Anderson, P. H., Hubbard, A., & Lawton, L. (2015). Student Motivation to Study Abroad and Their Intercultural Development. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 26(1), 39-52. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v26i1.354
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Research Articles