The global and the local: Programs that predict critical thinking and cultural appreciation development in students
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Increasingly, colleges and u niversities across the U nited States are encouraging students to study abroad , citing enhanced cultural appreciation and critical thinking skills as intended outcomes. However, on every campus , there are students who cannot participate in learning -abroad opportunities because of visa, financial, familial, or other personal reasons. At the same time, some students are more drawn to opportunities for engagement in their own communities than outside the United States. This article discusses a study that focused on student outcomes for alumni of domestic and international programs designed to be cross -cultural and experiential in nature. The findings suggest that U .S.-based service - learning opportunities that are inten tionally experiential and contain cross -cultural elements may be just as effective in developing students ’ cultural appreciation and critical thinking skills as international experiences . Results also indicate that programmatic elements may be as strong of a predictor of student outcomes as location.
critical thinking, international service-learning, cross-cultural appreciation, United States, university students
Johnstone, C ., Soria, K., Bittencourt, T. & Adjei, M. (2018). The global and the local: Programs that predict critical thinking and cultural appreciation development in students. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 6 (1) Article 8