Promoting Intercultural Sensitivity in Future Reading Specialists and School Librarians: The Impact of a Short-Term Study Abroad


  • Jennifer Luetkemeyer Appalachian State University
  • Rebecca Jordan Appalachian State University



study abroad, global citizenship, library science, reading education, education abrod


This mixed methods study reports on seven library science and reading education students’ experiences before, during, and after a small newly developed short-term interdisciplinary study abroad, and its effects on their intercultural sensitivity.  The evidence collected in this study affirms our belief in the potential for experiential learning, such as personal interaction with people from other cultures, to prepare preservice teachers and librarians to interact with children, families, and colleagues from other cultures professionally.

Abstract in Spanish

Este estudio de métodos mixtos informa sobre las experiencias de siete estudiantes de bibliotecología y educación lectora antes, durante y después de un estudio interdisciplinario a corto plazo en el extranjero, y el efecto en sus sensibilidades interculturales. La evidencia recopilada en este estudio afirma nuestra creencia en el potencial del aprendizaje experiencial, como la interacción personal con personas de otras culturas, para preparar a los maestros y bibliotecarios futuros para interactuar profesionalmente con niños, familias y colegas de otras culturas.


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Author Biographies

Jennifer Luetkemeyer, Appalachian State University

Jennifer Luetkemeyer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University. She is interested in the ways that students access information and knowledge, in what resources and information they have access to, and in how information and knowledge are presented to them. The fundamental principle that all students deserve, and should be provided with, equal access to information, knowledge, and resources guides her commitment to the development of intercultural sensitivity in her students.

Rebecca Jordan, Appalachian State University

Rebecca Lee Payne Jordan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Reading Education at Appalachian State University. She is a former classroom teacher licensed as a K-6 general educator and K-12 reading specialist and English as a Second Language teacher. Her research interests focus on the development of teacher knowledge, skills, and beliefs. Her own cultural experiences as well as her work with migrant children and families has prompted her belief in the importance of intercultural sensitivity in educators.


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How to Cite

Luetkemeyer, J., & Jordan, R. (2021). Promoting Intercultural Sensitivity in Future Reading Specialists and School Librarians: The Impact of a Short-Term Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(1), 163–186.



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