USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P30-The Effects of Education Abroad and Education Abroad in Sustainability on Levels of Student Engagement

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Adam Landon, Donald Rubin, Michael Tarrant

Student learning is in part a function of engagement. However, not all environments are conducive to student engagement. Study abroad (SA) is one mechanism identified to enhance student engagement. Additionally, it has been hypothesized that SA in sustainability, where students critically reflect on their beliefs, may yield higher engagement. In this investigation we test the added value of SA and SA in sustainability on engagement. In a 2x2x2 factorial design we empirically test the effects of time (pre-post) location (abroad-home campus) and content (sustainability - non-sustainability) on student engagement. Results indicate SA programs achieve higher levels of student engagement than courses on campus, and that sustainability content may facilitate engagement. These results have implications for the positioning of education abroad within higher education as a means to give students broader global perspectives, and as a mechanism for more effective student engagement.


Adam Landon

University of Georgia

Donald Rubin

University of Georgia

Michael Tarrant

University of Georgia

Wednesday April 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria

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