Intercultural Knowledge Development During Short-Term Study Abroad in the Basque Country: A Cultural and Linguistic Minority Context

  • Ager Gondra Purchase College - SUNY
  • Lori Czerwionka
Keywords: Intercultural knowledge development, Study abroad, short-term, Education abroad

Abstract

This investigation examined intercultural knowledge development in a short-term study abroad program in a cultural and linguistic minority context (Basque Country, Spain). A pre- and post-program quantitative and qualitative design was used with 26 participants. The quantitative, survey-based results demonstrated an increase in intercultural knowledge over the five weeks. Qualitative analysis of interview data indicated that students’ intercultural knowledge aligned with Lussier’s (2007)description of knowledge about small c culture and included knowledge of social groups—a distinct finding from prior research. Students’ knowledge changed over the period abroad, indicating adjustment to City life and Time and Schedule norms. Additionally, knowledge growth was greatest with respect to subthemes strongly linked to the minority context (e.g. Basque ethnicity, culture, language). This study offers detailed information about intercultural knowledge development during short-term study abroad and demonstrates that minority context programs encourage development of intercultural knowledge about small c culture and social groups.

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Author Biographies

Ager Gondra, Purchase College - SUNY

Ager Gondra is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Purchase College - SUNY. His research interests include syntax, focusing on Spanish and Basque, second language teaching and learning, and intercultural communicative competence.

Lori Czerwionka

Lori Czerwionka is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Purdue University.  Her research addresses pragmatics, second language pragmatics, and intercultural communicative competence.

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Published
2018-11-15
How to Cite
Gondra, A., & Czerwionka, L. (2018). Intercultural Knowledge Development During Short-Term Study Abroad in the Basque Country: A Cultural and Linguistic Minority Context. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 30(3), 119-146. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v30i3.427