Promoting Student Engagement: The Efficacy of a Criminal Justice Short-Term Study Abroad Program

  • Jennifer E. Capps Metropolitan State University, Denver
  • Jennifer Bradford Metropolitan State University, Denver
  • Hyon Namgung Metropolitan State University, Denver
Keywords: Student engagement, Short-term, Faculty-led, Criminal Justice, Study abroad, Education abroad, National Survey of Student Engagement

Abstract

In this study, the authors assessed student engagement during a short-term faculty-led criminal justice study abroad course using elements of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  Study Abroad education has been identified as a high impact learning strategy but has not been well validated particularly when delivered in a short-term format. This study is a partial replication of Rourke & Kanuka’s Student Engagement and Study Abroad study (2012). Data were collected from a group of Metropolitan State University of Denver undergraduate students over a period of two years from five different courses traveling to three different destinations for study abroad education. A comparison of responses from the two administrations of the NSSE-based surveys indicated that students’ engagement increased after their participation in the programs. Students’ knowledge in international criminal justice system also improved. Limitations and areas for further research are also discussed.

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Author Biographies

Jennifer E. Capps , Metropolitan State University, Denver

Jennifer E Capps is the Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Associate Professor in Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has developed and led several study abroad courses for undergraduate students. Her areas of expertise include student engagement, study abroad, juvenile justice, and gangs.

Jennifer Bradford , Metropolitan State University, Denver

Jennifer Bradford is an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has led several study abroad courses for undergraduate students. Her areas of expertise include federal law enforcement and terrorism and community corrections.

Hyon Namgung , Metropolitan State University, Denver

Hyon Namgung is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has developed and led one study abroad course for undergraduate students. His areas of expertise include policing, comparative criminal justice and research methods.

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Published
2018-11-15
How to Cite
Capps , J. E., Bradford , J., & Namgung , H. (2018). Promoting Student Engagement: The Efficacy of a Criminal Justice Short-Term Study Abroad Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 30(3), 147-159. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v30i3.426