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Facilitating Reflection Post-Study Abroad

Is reflection necessary to the study abroad experience? If yes, why? What are the goals of reflecting on the study abroad experience?

How do you get students to do it if it's not required? Some ideas:

What aspects of study abroad should students be asked to reflect upon?

Where should the reflection take place? (in the curriculum, co-curriculum, extra-curricular activities?)

Who should facilitate the reflection?

How should we prepare faculty and staff to facilitate reflection?

It is important to understand the ways that intellectual reflection (e.g. linking theory and practice) is different from emotional reflection (e.g. personal growth) and that, while faculty may be good at the former, they may not have the kinds of skills needed for the latter. Some ideas:

Ways of encouraging reflection during the study abroad experience:

Ways of encouraging reflection after the study abroad experience:



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