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Comparing Engineering and Non-Engineering International Programs to Determine Value and Future DirectionsInternational programs are a common approach to achieving a variety of international-relatedoutcomes for students by participating in educational experiences around the world. Suchprograms are generally designed to meet lofty goals such as providing an in-depth understandingof people and their culture in such a way that discipline specific practices are compared andcontrasted, personal student biases and misconceptions are exposed and a broader perspective isgained of the world in which we live and work. In recent years there has been a significantincrease in the number of engineering-specific international programs reflecting the increasingglobalization of the engineering enterprise. While each discipline specific study abroad programselects its outcomes to achieve specific objectives, a comparison between engineering and non-engineering programs could assist in understanding common strengths and challenges, andunique issues and opportunities for engineering-focused experiences.This paper presents a study that can serve as an initial step in understanding and defining thevalue of engineering international programs in the context of the traditional, wide-ranging studyabroad experience. It compares evaluations from students participating in engineering programsto evaluations of students participating in non-engineering programs to determine common,unique and missing indicators of success. The success and value of both engineering and non-engineering study abroad programs are evaluated on three outcomes: 1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the people, worldview, culture (and language, where applicable) of the foreign setting in which they study. 2. Recognize one’s cultural presuppositions and biases through sustained exposure to, and study of, foreign perspectives on one’s own culture. 3. Articulate a deeper awareness of one’s academic discipline by comparing and contrasting how it is understood and practiced in a foreign setting.Since the study will serve as a spring-board for future development of engineering study abroadprograms, next steps in the evaluation, comparison and development process will also beoutlined.
Zaugg, H., & Magleby, S. P., & Elliott, T. L., & Parkinson, A. R., & Warnick, G. M. (2015, June), Comparing Engineering and Non-engineering International Programs to Determine Value and Future Directions Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23711
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