Cultural exchange: Evaluating an alternative model in higher education

Marilyn DeLong, KeySook Geum, Kelly Gage, Ellen McKinney, Katalin Medvedev, Juyeon Park

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Abstract

A fundamental and contemporary issue in higher education is how to encourage global awareness, professional development, and accountability within constraints of curriculum and scarce resources. This is an evaluation of student experiences with a 11/2-year cross-cultural partnership that included a team project, public presentations, publications, and 2-week travel exchanges. Data were collected from the participant's project outcomes, from interviews pre- and posttravel, and survey questions at the end of the experience and 1 year later. The public face to the project allowed for partners to learn of the professional standards of the other culture while representing their own. Partner synergies were evidence of a personal, professional, and cultural awareness that provided a pathway to encourage cross-cultural learning among students in similar fields. Such cross-cultural experiences will help to ensure professional survival in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

Keywords

  • cross-cultural professional partnerships
  • graduate and undergraduate students
  • higher education
  • peer learning

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