Epistemic Assessment: Outcomes of Enhanced Collegiate Learning through International Practice and Reflection

By:
Dr. Donna Cowan,
Cheryl Hausafus,
Margaret Torrie,
Hugo Chan,
Nathan Swanson
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International partnerships and study abroad are identified as important in the collegiate curriculum to advance cultural sensitivity and world understanding through learning, engagement, and research. Application of theory and research assists in designing learning approaches and in assessing the extent to which outcomes are achieved specifically in international classroom and field settings and through service-learning where the focus is on cognitive, affective, and reflective learning. The objective is to engage students in a substantive academic, cultural, and service-oriented experience that transforms them into becoming a global citizen. This approach consciously bypasses "academic tourism" with interactive and reflective studies of culture and humanitarian ideals. Student involvement in journaling, academic instruction, pre- and post-departure inventories, and on-site service activities facilitated understanding of world demographics, geography, travel fluency, and civic engagement. Theories related to partnerships (Molm, John-Steiner, Mattessich and Monsey) and related to leaning (Vygotsky, Eyler, King and Kitchener, and Brookfield) serve as guidelines in designing and assessing progress. The result of partnership and participation in study abroad has heightened the sense of service and advanced cognitive, affective, and reflective learning among participants.


Keywords: Learning Theory, Collaboration Theory, Study Abroad, Reflective Judgement, International Practice Assessment, Service-learning, Civic Awareness, Global Citizen
Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Donna Cowan

Professor, International Programs, Iowa State University
USA


Cheryl Hausafus

Associate Professor, Iowa State University
USA


Margaret Torrie

Associate Professor, Iowa State University
USA


Hugo Chan

Research Assistant, Iowa State University
USA


Nathan Swanson

Research Assistant, Iowa State University
USA


Ref: L05P0840