Publication Date

Summer 2011

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Richard Rodman

Abstract

Semester At Sea, a comparative education study abroad program, is a unique experience that provides participants an opportunity to challenge their worldview. Semester At Sea cultivates opportunities beyond the classroom to explore issues of culture and identity. However, little training is provided to give participants the tools to navigate in intercultural contexts.

The proposed Semester At Sea (SAS) Intercultural Competency Training (ICT) program will offer a semester-long intensive training program with the purpose of providing participants with a foundation in intercultural competency and sensitivity. The purpose of the SAS ICT design is to incorporate experiential educational practices and classroom learning into practical skills and concepts for participants. The training focuses on theories and lectures that give a firm background in intercultural competencies while also challenging the participants to reflect and process their own understanding of culture and community. The program is designed in a way in which participants reflect on their experiences in each country and use the training sessions to gain a greater understanding of cross-cultural encounters. The following SAS ICT project proposal provokes participants to better understand what it means to travel in foreign communities and better understand the value and importance of cross-cultural understanding.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Area Studies | International and Comparative Education | Place and Environment