Two Countries, One Goal: A Mixed-Methods Study of the Development of Study Abroad Sojourners’ Cultural Identification in Japan and Korea

Authors

  • Jeongyi Lee Kennesaw State University
  • Kathryn Negrelli Kennesaw State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v34i1.601

Keywords:

acculturation, cultural identification, orthogonal cultural identification scale, study abroad, cultural competence, mixed-methods study

Abstract

The number of students expanding their academic programs to include learning experiences abroad had been, prior to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, steadily increasing over the past two decades. This mixed-method study investigates the cultural identification of short-term study abroad participants and its influence on their acculturation process. Quantitative data from a widely-used acculturation scale were collected from participants before and after the program. In addition, qualitative data from participants’ journals were examined, elucidating the role the study abroad experience played in their cultural identification. This investigation revealed statistically significant effects of cultural experiences on cultural identification, specifically decreases in cultural identification scores. This study supports the concept of cultural identification as a continuum rather than as a dichotomy. Implications suggest that a deeper understanding of students’ cultural identifications can be helpful in developing study abroad programs that promote the goals of student awareness, cultural sensitivity, and global competence.

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Author Biographies

Jeongyi Lee, Kennesaw State University

Jeongyi Lee, Ph.D., The University of Georgia, Linguistics, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Korean Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests lie in foreign/heritage language learners’ motivation from SLA perspectives, topics of cultural/linguistic adaptation among U.S. immigrants, especially code-switching between L1 and L2, and language learners’ attitudes, motivations, cultural competence, and outcomes in study abroad programs.

Kathryn Negrelli, Kennesaw State University

Kathryn (Kathy) Negrelli, Ph.D., The University of Georgia, Foreign Language Education, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Japanese Program at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests are in foreign language pedagogy, technology in the foreign language pedagogy, technology in the foreign language classroom, intercultural competence and acculturation. She has co-authored Irasshai: Welcome to Japanese, a multi-media course in beginning Japanese, and has lived in and led study abroad programs to Japan.

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2022-03-10

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Lee, J., & Negrelli, K. (2022). Two Countries, One Goal: A Mixed-Methods Study of the Development of Study Abroad Sojourners’ Cultural Identification in Japan and Korea. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(1), 131–162. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v34i1.601

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