1st Edition

Education Abroad Bridging Scholarship and Practice

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recent decades have seen unprecedented growth in the number of students travelling abroad for the purpose of short-term academic study. As such, attention is turning to the role that education abroad can have in enhancing student learning and producing global-ready graduates. This volume provides a succinct and accessible analysis of the existing research and scholarship around the world on a range of important areas related to contemporary education abroad, providing practitioners with important implications for programming and practice.

    Focusing on fourteen key topics relating to education abroad, this accessible desktop compendium not only synthesizes what is already known, but also indicates which topics need further research and how the existing literature can be applied to daily programming and practice. Extending beyond student learning outcomes to look at essential topics such as institutional outcomes, program models, and host community outcomes, this volume covers major trends in contemporary research as well as an assessment of the methodological and design challenges that are common to education abroad research. The fourteen distinct topics address the broad themes of participation, programming, student outcomes, institutional outcomes and societal outcomes, and include chapters from a broad range of widely acknowledged and respected international experts.

    Bridging the gap between scholarship and practice, this accessible guide is essential reading for anyone working in higher education today and involved in shaping and managing education abroad programs. It is useful for all who want to understand and leverage existing research to inform education abroad programming and practice.


    About the Editors

    About the Contributors

    Foreword to the Series



    Framing Education Abroad within an International Context: A Note on Terminology

    Introduction and Brief Overview of Research in Education Abroad

    Anthony C. Ogden, Bernhard Streitwieser and Christof Van Mol

    Part 1: Participation

    Chapter 1: Decision Making: Spatio-temporal Contexts of Decision-making in Education Abroad

    Rachel Brooks and Johanna Waters

    Chapter 2: Socio-demographics: A Global Overview of Inequalities in Education Abroad Participation

    Nicolai Netz, Daniel Klasik, Steve R. Entrich and Michelle Barker

    Part 2: Programming

    Chapter 3: Program Types: A Matrix for Cross-sectional Analysis

    Kate Moore, Darin Menlove and Rebecca Pisano

    Chapter 4: Program Components: (Re)considering the Role of Individual Areas of Programming in Education Abroad

    Nick J. Gozik and Susan Oguro

    Part 3: Student Outcomes

    Chapter 5: Academic Developing: The Impact of Education Abroad on Students as Learners

    Joshua S. McKeown, M. Luz Celaya and Heather H. Ward

    Chapter 6: Language Proficiency: Developmental Perspectives and Linguistic Outcomes of Education Abroad

    Jane Jackson, Martin Howard and John W. Schwieter

    Chapter 7: Student Development: Reflecting on Sense of Place and Multi-Locality in Education Abroad Programmes

    Chris Glass and Mark Holton

    Chapter 8: Global Citizenship, Identity and Intercultural Competence: Student Identities in Education Abroad

    Neriko Musha Doerr, David Puente and Uichi Kamiyoshi

    Chapter 9: Employability: How Education Abroad Impacts the Transition to Graduate Employment

    Jannecke Wiers-Jenssen, Martin Tillman, and Cheryl Matherly

    Part 4: Institutional Outcomes

    Chapter 10: Institutional Impact: Degree Completion, Alumni Giving, Quality and Reputation

    John Haupt and Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez

    Chapter 11: Curriculum Integration: Maximising the Impact of Education Abroad for All Students

    Betty Leask and Wendy Green

    Chapter 12: Faculty Engagement: Moving Beyond a Discourse of Disengagement

    Betty Leask, Craig Whitsed, Hans de Wit and Jos Beelen

    Part 5: Societal Outcomes

    Chapter 13: National Policies on Education Abroad Outcomes: Addressing Undesired Consequences

    Adinda van Gaalen, Jeroen Huisman and Ravinder Sidhu

    Chapter 14: Host Community Impact: From Harm-Minimization to Positive Impact

    Christopher Ziguras and John S. Lucas

    Conclusion: Future Directions for Education Abroad Research and Scholarship

    Christof Van Mol, Anthony C. Ogden and Bernhard Streitweiser


    Anthony C. Ogden is the Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement at the University of Wyoming, US.

    Bernhard Streitwieser is an Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, US.

    Christof Van Mol is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

    This book is a very useful milestone addition to our understanding of the evolution and future needs of research on goals, methods, and outcomes of education abroad.  It ably directs attention to merging theory and practice which is key to further advances.

    John K. Hudzik, Professor, Michigan State University, US

    This crisp, accessible analysis of existing scholarship in the field of education abroad supports both seasoned education abroad practitioners and emerging scholars who seek rigorous research to inform education abroad programming and practice. With chapters co-authored by two or more authors who represent different geographical regions of the world, the book focuses on the most pressing challenges facing the field today, including curriculum integration, intercultural competency development, and access and opportunity for traditionally underrepresented populations. This timely book is certain to benefit education abroad practitioners at all levels and to encourage scholars new to the field to investigate evolving trends and hot topics identified by the authors.

    Melissa Torres, President, Forum on Education Abroad, US

    This book truly encompasses a global treatment of the literature relevant to scholar-practitioners of education abroad around the world. All those interested in this area from beginners to seniors will find as much value and utility in this timely book. Education abroad is flourishing and diversifying but also has plenty of room for improvement. It is a crucial moment to analyze education abroad issues with a collective focus as this book does. This approach makes this book accessible to those scholars and practitioners who are interested in this area of research and are concerned about research to practice.

    Hiroshi Ota, Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

    This book really provides an impressive overview on how organisational support and curricular frameworks can help students experience stimulating study periods abroad. The summary of available research results and discussions addressing a broad range of programmes of various lengths and modes in different regions of the world is valuable both as a basis for further analysis and as guide for practical improvement. Given the varied conditions and the different analytical perspectives underlying available publications, such a comprehensive account is timely.

    Ulrich Teichler, Professor, University of Kassel, Germany

    What will it take to make international a central part of higher education – and for everyone? Education Abroad brings home the nature of the challenge today and the complex drivers affecting tomorrow. The authors speak with a truly global perspective and offer lessons for us all.

    Allan Goodman, President, Institute of International Education, US.

    This book is a well-put together piece of scholarly work. It collects a great blend of experts who make specific contributions to the emerging and growing field of international student mobility. Whereas it keeps an overview of the core issues that impact the trend, the chapters address the motivators that move individuals, institutions and communities to engage in mobility enhancing different dimensions of teaching, research and service among involved parties. All this is done with the student at the center of the debate. In addition, the co-authors discuss relevant and complex variables that interplay, opening new dimensions for further research with practical implications. Definitely a worth reading book!

    Gustavo Gregorutti, Professor, Andrews University, US. 

    Student mobility has become a significant feature of higher education throughout the world, including the Asia Pacific Region. Various new types of non-matriculated mobility model beyond traditional student exchange and short-term study programs. This book describes that greater diversification of non-matriculated programs has taken place within recent decades. Readers will learn how institutional strategies play critical roles in assuring success of students' learning.

    Shingo Ashizawa, Professor, Toyo University, Japan