Relationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152093
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Relationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning
Abstract:
Relationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Bond, Mary Lou, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Texas at Arlington
Title:Samuel T. Hughes Professor of Nursing
Co-Authors:Dolores Aguilar, MSN, RN; Harriet Guerrero, BA
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: This presentation will describe the relationships between Study Abroad goals, cultural awareness, personal adjustment, language acquisition/cultural learning, and implications for future professional practice of individuals from varied disciplines who participated in an intensive cultural immersion experience in Cuernavaca, Mexico.ÿ Few studies have linked the learners' goals for participating in study abroad and personal adjustments encountered to the achievement of cultural learning and anticipated use of the immersion experience in their professional and personal lives.ÿ Methods: A descriptive design was used to answer the research questions for sojourners who participated in culture and language study for periods of 2 to 8 weeks.ÿ The Study Abroad Goals Scale (Kitsantas) was used to determine motives for study abroad.ÿ Cultural awareness was measured by the Cultural Awareness Survey (Rew); personal adjustment was measured using the Social Situations Instrument (Furnham & Bochner).ÿ The Post Study Abroad Survey (Carpenter) was administered on completion of study to determine how learners planned to use the knowledge gained during the ÿimmersion experience. ÿData were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences.ÿ Descriptive statistics captured the characteristics of participants. Results: Seventy two participants have enrolled in the study to date. ÿNo significant differences were found between study abroad goals, cultural awareness and personal adjustment based on length of stay.ÿ ÿÿNo significant differences were found between cultural awareness, sensitivity, knowledge and cultural learning from entry to exit of the program.ÿ Fifty-five participants showed language improvement with length of stay being statistically significant.ÿ Emergent themes from open ended questions included perceived understanding of the culture and the ability to communicate better with Hispanic persons. Conclusion: Whileÿ language acquisition increased, perceptions of increasedÿ awareness and understanding of the culture were disparate. Ongoing data collection and analysis will inform study abroadÿ faculty of issues and expected outcomes in study abroad programs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRelationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learningen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152093-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Relationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bond, Mary Lou, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Texas at Arlington</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Samuel T. Hughes Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mlbond@uta.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Dolores Aguilar, MSN, RN; Harriet Guerrero, BA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: This presentation will describe the relationships between Study Abroad goals, cultural awareness, personal adjustment, language acquisition/cultural learning, and implications for future professional practice of individuals from varied disciplines who participated in an intensive cultural immersion experience in Cuernavaca, Mexico.&yuml; Few studies have linked the learners' goals for participating in study abroad and personal adjustments encountered to the achievement of cultural learning and anticipated use of the immersion experience in their professional and personal lives.&yuml; Methods: A descriptive design was used to answer the research questions for sojourners who participated in culture and language study for periods of 2 to 8 weeks.&yuml; The Study Abroad Goals Scale (Kitsantas) was used to determine motives for study abroad.&yuml; Cultural awareness was measured by the Cultural Awareness Survey (Rew); personal adjustment was measured using the Social Situations Instrument (Furnham &amp; Bochner).&yuml; The Post Study Abroad Survey (Carpenter) was administered on completion of study to determine how learners planned to use the knowledge gained during the &yuml;immersion experience. &yuml;Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences.&yuml; Descriptive statistics captured the characteristics of participants. Results: Seventy two participants have enrolled in the study to date. &yuml;No significant differences were found between study abroad goals, cultural awareness and personal adjustment based on length of stay.&yuml; &yuml;&yuml;No significant differences were found between cultural awareness, sensitivity, knowledge and cultural learning from entry to exit of the program.&yuml; Fifty-five participants showed language improvement with length of stay being statistically significant.&yuml; Emergent themes from open ended questions included perceived understanding of the culture and the ability to communicate better with Hispanic persons. Conclusion: While&yuml; language acquisition increased, perceptions of increased&yuml; awareness and understanding of the culture were disparate. Ongoing data collection and analysis will inform study abroad&yuml; faculty of issues and expected outcomes in study abroad programs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:23:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:23:53Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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