Title

International Exchange as a Transformative Learning Experience: A Case Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2012

Publication Source

International Journal of Educational Reform

Volume

21

Issue

3

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This study examines the role of international exchange programs on the transformative learning of English-speaking students. A student exchange program at a South Korean university is used for this case study. It explores how learning experiences are translated by participants onto their perceptions about the host country. An analysis of a pre- and post-survey suggests that transformative learning of the students is reflected in two overarching themes: 1) intercultural understanding and 2) global perspectives. Through their participation in the program, students developed a deeper understanding of their own and the host country's cultures and an enhanced appreciation for broadening their global perspectives. This study concludes that international exchange programs have a fundamental importance in educating students to become global citizens and leaders.

Keywords

Transformative Learning, International Exchange Program

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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