Using the BEVI to Assess Individual Experience to Enhance International Programming

  • Jacie Grant Purdue University
  • Kris Acheson Purdue University
  • Elizabeth Karcher Purdue University
Keywords: BEVI, Intercultural Competence, Student Development, Study Abroad

Abstract

Success in diverse educational and work environments requires intercultural competence, positive attitudes towards difference, and willingness to interact across cultures. Consequently, study abroad participation has increased as universities aim to internationalize; yet, we lack clear evidence of study abroad providing students with skills and attitudes the programs intend to develop. This case study (n=11) documents the implementation of intercultural learning activities throughout a semester long course and a 9-day trip to Vietnam. Researchers anticipated positive development in critical thinking, openness, and environmental concern measured by the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory. Overall the average group scores did not increase; however, in a more detailed analysis interesting patterns emerged within the data in regard to unintended learning outcomes, impact of individual differences in identity, and preparedness for learning. The data suggest potential curriculum changes and additional resources to support student needs.

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Author Biographies

Jacie Grant, Purdue University
Jacie Grant is the BOSC (Business Operations & Supply Chain) Training Lead at Cargill, Dayton, VA. She completed both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Animal Sciences from Purdue University. Her background in cultural communication, international studies, and travel provided a foundation for her master’s degree in intercultural learning through study abroad programs. Jacie’s food production background and master’s research are highly valuable in her leadership role onboarding, engaging, and retaining employees at the production facility as well as building local, community relationships and partnerships.
Kris Acheson, Purdue University

Dr. Kris Acheson is Director of Purdue University’s Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research with a courtesy faculty appointment in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. A former US Fulbright Scholar (Honduras, 2015), she has 17 years of classroom teaching experience in intercultural communication, language instruction, and teacher training and has published extensively on the development and assessment of intercultural competence.

Elizabeth Karcher, Purdue University

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher is an Associate Professor in Animal Sciences and is the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the department. She teaches a variety of courses and has developed study abroad programs on animal production and environmental challenges in Europe and Asia. Her research focuses on the development of innovative experiential learning platforms to enhance student learning.

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Published
2021-02-26
How to Cite
Grant, J., Acheson, K., & Karcher, E. (2021). Using the BEVI to Assess Individual Experience to Enhance International Programming. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 33(1), 129-142. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v33i1.491