The purpose of this study was to understand how study abroad students identify and make
sense of critical experiences they encounter during a study abroad experience. The study
specifically sought to better understand how these experiences contribute to the
development of self-authorship. Interviews were conducted with students to see how or if
these critical experiences contributed to a shift or change in their understanding and
values. Students who studied abroad in Australia, Italy, and Kenya were interviewed
approximately 4 – 8 weeks after their study abroad programs ended, and participants
were asked to identify and reflect upon situations or experiences that took place during
their time abroad. The overall aim in this study was to better understand the situations
that contribute to learning and development outcomes through a study abroad experience.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. July 2011. Major: Educational policy and administration. Advisor: Professor Rebecca Ropers-Huilman. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 89 pages, appendices A-B.
Volden, Emelee Patricia.
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