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dc.contributor.authorZielinski, Beth Anne Z.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:38Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:38Z
dc.date.issued2007-04-24en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-04302007-105204en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32051
dc.description.abstractThe literature available on study abroad addresses reasons students chose to study abroad, outcomes of participation in study abroad, and study abroad program characteristics. However, there is a lack of research linking outcomes of study abroad to program characteristics. The present study will add to the literature by providing information about study abroad program characteristics and their relationship to one possible outcome of study abroad, cross-cultural adaptability. In this study, four factors were used to measure cross-cultural adaptability: (a) emotional resilience, (b) flexibility/openness, (c) perceptual acuity, and (d) personal autonomy. Data were collected using the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) (Kelley & Meyers, 1995). The target sample for this study was undergraduate college students that have participated in study abroad programs of varying lengths. The findings showed significant differences in all five areas: emotional resilience, flexibility/openness, perceptual acuity, personal autonomy, and total CCAI score. These findings suggest that researchers need to take a further look at study abroad program characteristics and their relationship to beneficial outcomes.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartZielinskiThesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectcross-cultural adaptabilityen_US
dc.subjecteducation abroaden_US
dc.subjectlengthen_US
dc.subjectstudy abroaden_US
dc.titleStudy Abroad Length of Program Influence on Cross-Cultural Adaptabilityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairJanosik, Steven M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSanders, Karen Eleyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRidgwell, Diana M.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04302007-105204/en_US
dc.date.sdate2007-04-30en_US
dc.date.rdate2007-05-02
dc.date.adate2007-05-02en_US


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