International Exchange as a Transformative Learning Experience: A Case Study
International Journal of Educational Reform
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.
Transformative Learning, International Exchange Program
Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Sheena Choi, Michael D. Slaubaugh, and Ae-Sook Kim (2012).
International Exchange as a Transformative Learning Experience: A Case Study. International Journal of Educational Reform.21 (3).