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Beyond the tourist gaze? cultural learning on an American 'semester abroad' programme in London

Janes, Dominic (2008) Beyond the tourist gaze? cultural learning on an American 'semester abroad' programme in London. Journal of Research in International Education 7 (1), pp. 21-35. ISSN 1475-2409.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1475240907086886

Abstract

Is the short-term study abroad experience, particularly when undertaken with a self-contained group of international students such as on a `semester abroad programme' accredited by a US university, little more than glorified tourism? This study investigates some of the ways in which a group of American students developed their understanding of British culture, not just by studying it together with their peers, but also by living in the country for a semester. The results suggest that these students learned both within and out of the classroom; they were not simply adding information during the semester, but also reflecting about their own views and attitudes, such that the study abroad experience was not, for most of them, simply about the passive reception of pre-packaged tourist images; it changed their views of Britain, of America and of themselves.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): experiential education, higher education, intercultural, London, tourism, USA
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > History of Art
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 12:05
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2824

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