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Passport to Change: Designing Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant Short Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs (Hardback)
  • Passport to Change: Designing Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant Short Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs (Hardback)

Passport to Change: Designing Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant Short Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs (Hardback)

Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/01/2018
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There has been enormous growth in faculty-led short-term study abroad programs because they offer flexibility and expand opportunities for students and faculty members who wish to study and work abroad, but do not have the resources or time to spend a semester or year away. These experiential programs offer unique opportunities for university faculty to teach their disciplines abroad while engaging students in direct, authentic cultural encounters for transformative change.

This volume provides a detailed framework and guidance on how to plan and implement a faculty-led study abroad program. Seasoned faculty leaders and administrators describe an overall program development process, comprehensively identify the elements for designing the curriculum, and offer advice and solutions to unique challenges inherent in various types of programs.

The contributors cover the logistics for managing program details at home and abroad, provide advice on writing a university proposal, creating a budget, the marketing and recruitment of students, handling abroad logistics, and preparing students for the abroad experience aEURO" all illustrated by examples drawn from their experiences. Most importantly, readers will come to understand the difference between experiences that are more touristic than scholarly, and gain guidance on designing or redesigning their own programs to ensure academically sound, culturally relevant curricula that complements the international field site.

The opening section sets the scene by describing the overall process of designing and delivering faculty-led abroad programs, from conception to implementation. The core of the book is grounded in evidence-based research for designing international curricula and syllabi, and includes five case studies illustrating short term programs focused on interdisciplinary subject matter, field study, global service learning, internship immersion, and language and cultural study. This practical guide concludes with faculty activities critical to a programaEURO™s success: marketing and recruiting students; preparing teaching events for before, during, and after the abroad experience; and, formulating a plan to leave a small footprint abroad.

This book constitutes a handbook for college and university professors who plan to or already conduct short-term study abroad programs as well as administrators and staff of global and international programs.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620365472
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

"Passport to Change is a thorough and interesting handbook to the expanding endeavor of short term faculty-led education abroad. This book is grounded in solid theory and best practice; it also provides relevant examples and stories that bring this topic to a useful, personal level. This book is worthwhile to read, whether you are an international education veteran or new to the field. It should also serve as an appropriate guide for university leadership, including presidents and provosts, as well as deans and curriculum committees. Its practical programmatic advice, combined with respect for rigorous academic design and integrity, make it a welcome contribution to our collective body of international education literature. The study abroad field will be better for this timely and well-presented work.--Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D., Associate Provost for International Education and Programs"State University of New York at Oswego" (06/05/2017)
"This book is a much-needed practical guide that covers the nuts and bolts of short-term faculty-led study abroad programs. The focus is on programs that provide an outcomes-based curriculum in one or more academic disciplines and are deliberately designed for a specific cultural context. The framework of all the programs described in the book encompasses experiential learning, specifically the facilitation of such learning prior to, during, and after the study abroad experience.

As much as this book guides faculty through the development, delivery, and marketing for short-term study abroad programs, it is also about the student experience - of encountering oneself in another culture, from another perspective, and seeing oneself and others anew.

Short-term faculty-led study abroad programs are an important high impact practice for college students, and Passport to Change is an indispensable guide for all who believe in long-term student success."--Hilary Landorf, Associate Professor, International & Intercultural Education; Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University; and Executive Director"Comparative & International Education Society" (08/07/2017)

"Passport to Change will become an indispensable handbook for individuals and institutions developing faculty-led study abroad programs.The volume provides outstanding, clear, practical guidance for planning, implementing and assessing an academically sound, culturally relevant program. The volume's exhaustive array of useful topics is informed not only by the best scholarship in the discipline, but also by the first-hand experience of seasoned faculty directors. With a keen eye to both detail and diversity, the volume also addresses a wide variety of program paradigms and destinations. Written in an accessible voice, the volume will be a welcome resource for experienced and aspiring study abroad directors alike.--Rebecca S. Thomas, Professor of German"Wake Forest University" (09/29/2017)

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