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The effects of different types of experience abroad in higher education on global skills

Zierer, Teresa (2017) The effects of different types of experience abroad in higher education on global skills.

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Abstract:Several higher education curricula nowadays offer the options between international internships and study abroad. This research explores to what extent international internships within higher education (HE) influence students’ global skills in comparison to those students studying abroad and non-mobile students . The relation between experience abroad and global skills with the emphasis on the comparison of the two different types of experience abroad - studying and interning - within a higher education curriculum was never particularly explored, to the best of my knowledge. First, a framework of global skills is established consisting of critical thinking, self-leadership and intercultural communication skills. Second, the differences between the three types of study experiences mentioned above and their influence on global skills are measured. A semi-experimental design was chosen to conduct the research due to the explorative nature of the research. Students of the three different groups were surveyed. The main model did not show statistical significance. Therefore, a direct comparison of the different experiences abroad on global skills was not possible. The findings rather suggest different skills for different study experience. A positive relation between internships abroad and global skills under the condition that students have been mentored could be found. Study abroad influences intercultural communication skills positively. Students as well as universities have to be aware of the different learning outcomes of the different types of experience abroad. Especially, when opting for an internship abroad mentoring is indispensable in order to gain global skills.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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