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The experience and long-term impact of study abroad by Europeans in an African context

Coleman, James A. and Chafer, Tony (2011). The experience and long-term impact of study abroad by Europeans in an African context. In: Dervin, Fred ed. Analysing the consequences of academic mobility and migration. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 67–96.

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Research into academic mobility or study abroad has identified six categories of learning outcome: academic, cultural, intercultural, linguistic, personal and professional. A few studies have also shown that study abroad has lasting effects on the individual. The present questionnaire study involved 32 students who had undertaken a work placement in Francophone Africa as part of a UK degree in French since the mid-1980s. The closed and open questions explored gender, ethnicity, religion, accommodation, language use and gain, links with home, social networks, learning outcomes and subsequent employment. Some findings echo earlier studies, others are context-specific, but the enduring impact of study abroad on attitudes and employment is amply confirmed.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISBN: 1-4438-2978-1, 978-1-4438-2978-6
Extra Information: Published with the permission of Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 29624
Depositing User: James A. Coleman
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 12:43
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 07:52
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