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A case study of a customized study abroad program: Education for a global citizen

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This study is an evaluative case study of a semester-long study abroad program called “Education For a Global Citizen” offered by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). The study will measure the extent to which the program achieves their goals in helping students foster global citizenships and other possible outcomes. The theoretical framework of this research is grounded in the Dr. Michael Byers’s definition towards global citizenship. Byers’s lens of global citizenship is employed to explore what impact this program has on students’ own definition as well as behavior of being a global citizen.

The participants of EFGC program are a group of students who are all come from China. Unlike the other study abroad programs, the EFGC is an unique and customized program which incorporates language learning, intercultural communication study, and experiential learning about a variety of themes within US culture and civics through untraditional classroom activities. Such themes include orientation, civic engagement and volunteerism, diversity, U.S. political systems, great Minnesota, preparing to return home.

Qualitative and participant-orientated evaluation methods will be used in this study. The research will begin with a literature review of different genres of study a broad program, which is used to examine the pros and cons of a customized program. Followed by that, a well-designed survey that aims to collect feedbacks toward the program and individual understanding of global citizenship would be distributed to the participants after the program ends. In addition, continued interviews with individuals (including program staff and students) will be conducted from the beginning of the program to the time students return to China. Meanwhile, as one of the program staff members, I will be doing participant observation which would provide me a contextualized perspective.
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Song, Jiaying. "A case study of a customized study abroad program: Education for a global citizen" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493170_index.html>

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Song, J. , 2011-04-30 "A case study of a customized study abroad program: Education for a global citizen" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493170_index.html

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Abstract: This study is an evaluative case study of a semester-long study abroad program called “Education For a Global Citizen” offered by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). The study will measure the extent to which the program achieves their goals in helping students foster global citizenships and other possible outcomes. The theoretical framework of this research is grounded in the Dr. Michael Byers’s definition towards global citizenship. Byers’s lens of global citizenship is employed to explore what impact this program has on students’ own definition as well as behavior of being a global citizen.

The participants of EFGC program are a group of students who are all come from China. Unlike the other study abroad programs, the EFGC is an unique and customized program which incorporates language learning, intercultural communication study, and experiential learning about a variety of themes within US culture and civics through untraditional classroom activities. Such themes include orientation, civic engagement and volunteerism, diversity, U.S. political systems, great Minnesota, preparing to return home.

Qualitative and participant-orientated evaluation methods will be used in this study. The research will begin with a literature review of different genres of study a broad program, which is used to examine the pros and cons of a customized program. Followed by that, a well-designed survey that aims to collect feedbacks toward the program and individual understanding of global citizenship would be distributed to the participants after the program ends. In addition, continued interviews with individuals (including program staff and students) will be conducted from the beginning of the program to the time students return to China. Meanwhile, as one of the program staff members, I will be doing participant observation which would provide me a contextualized perspective.


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