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.
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.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||experiential education, higher education, intercultural, London, tourism, USA|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art|
|Research Centre:||Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)|
|Date Deposited:||11 Nov 2010 15:57|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2016 11:51|
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