A central purpose of this book is to question the claims commonly made about the educational benefits of study abroad. Traditional metrics of enrolment increases and student self report and practices of structural immersion are being questioned as educators voice growing uncertainty about what students are or are t in fact learning abroad. This book looks into whether these criticisms are justified--and what can be done if they are. The contributors to this book offer the beginnings of a counter-narrative to common views that learning takes place simply through students studying elsewhere, or through their enrolling in programs that take steps structurally to immerse them in the experience abroad. Student Learning Abroad reviews the dominant paradigms of study abroad; marshals rigourous research findings, with emphasis on recent studies that offer convincing evidence about what undergraduates are or are t learning; brings to bear the latest kwledge about human learning and development that raises questions about the very foundations of current theory and practice; and presents six examples of study abroad courses or programs whose interventions apply this kwledge. This book provokes readers to reconsider long-held assumptions, beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in study abroad and to re-examine the design and delivery of their programs. In doing so, it provides a new foundation for responding to the question that may faculty and staff are w asking: What do I need to kw, and what do I need to be able to do, to help my students learn and develop more effectively abroad?
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Adult & Further Education
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Kris Hemming Lou, Michael Vande Berg, R. Michael Paige