Measuring the Relative Importance of Outcomes from International Study Tours

By Roger J. Baran and Mette Baran.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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This study suggests an approach to quantitatively determine the relative importance of outcomes from international learning experiences. These in-person experiences of other cultures are felt to be the foremost approach to increasing the multicultural focus of students and practitioners. There is a plethora of research that supports the idea that international learning experiences prepare students for cross-cultural interaction by affecting beliefs, knowledge, and feelings. Results from this study point out the importance of measuring behavioral changes as well.

Keywords: International Learning Experience, Business students, Multicultural Awareness, Sustainability, Higher Education, South East Asia

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.93-105. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 417.933KB).

Roger J. Baran

Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Mette Baran

Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program, School of Education, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Dr. Baran completed her Ed. D. in administrative leadership and supervision from DePaul University. She obtained an M.B.A. in international business and a baccalaureate degree in marketing from DePaul University. Dr. Baran teaches leadership and research in the doctoral department. Her background includes being a faculty member and senior executive at Robert Morris College including the positions as Campus Director, Director of Education, and Director of Development. Her research interests and expertise includes looping, student attitudes, charter schools, and middle school education.