Commentary 3: Case studies of study abroad: Making sense of developmental trajectories
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AbstractThis special issue makes a valuable contribution to the literature on study abroad by identifying and making sense of some of the internal and external factors that can influence the developmental trajectories of student sojourners. In the chapters that follow, illustrative case studies or narrativized accounts focus on a small number of study abroad participants who were part of a much larger study or series of studies. Wenhao Diao presents a cross-case comparison of three student sojourners, while Gary Barkhuizen examines the experiences of a single sojourner who participated in a large-scale study conducted by Benson, Barkhuizen, Bodycott and Brown (2013). Irina Zaykovskaya, Hina Rawal and Peter De Costa also examine the developmental trajectory of a single study abroad student. While the three articles explore divergent issues and draw on different theories and sources of data, all of them have a longitudinal dimension, with the data collection process spanning many months or years. Research of this nature is essential to provide much-needed direction for pedagogical interventions in study abroad.
All Author(s) ListJane Jackson
Journal nameSystem
Volume Number71
Pages122 - 124
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordsstudy abroad, case studies, sojourn learning

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