The Effects of Studying Abroad and Studying Sustainability on Students’ Global Perspectives

  • Michael A. Tarrant
  • Donald Rubin
  • Lee Stoner
Keywords: global perspectives, Study abroad, Sustainability, Globalization

Abstract

Study abroad has shifted from a marginal opportunity to a core strategy of U.S. colleges and universities, considered integral in the mission to globalize the academic environment. Our study explores the effect of studying abroad and studying about sustainability on students’ global perspectives. A total of 291 university students participated in a pretest/posttest design. Results suggest that study abroad can promote cognitive, intrapersonal, and social developmental global perspectives among college students beyond that achieved via on-campus courses. Sustainability course content did not affect global perspectives, however. Findings warrant the conclusion that even short-term study abroad experiences can meet the globalisation goals of institutions of higher education.

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Author Biographies

Michael A. Tarrant

Michael A. Tarrant is Meigs Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Donald Rubin

Donald L. Rubin is Professor Emeritus with Communication Studies/Literacy and Language Education at the University of Georgia in the USA.

Lee Stoner

Lee Stoner is Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand.

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Published
2015-11-11
How to Cite
Tarrant, M. A., Rubin , D., & Stoner , L. (2015). The Effects of Studying Abroad and Studying Sustainability on Students’ Global Perspectives. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 26(1), 68-82. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v26i1.358
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