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Using the IDI to Measure the Impact of Saint Mary’s College Study Abroad Programs. Elaine Meyer-Lee Saint Mary’s College NAFSA 2006 [email protected] http://www.saintmarys.edu/~cwil/php/intercultural.learning/IILOutcomes.php. Study Abroad at Saint Mary’s College

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using the idi to measure the impact of saint mary s college study abroad programs
Using the IDI to Measure the Impact of Saint Mary’s College Study Abroad Programs

Elaine Meyer-Lee

Saint Mary’s College

NAFSA 2006

[email protected]

http://www.saintmarys.edu/~cwil/php/intercultural.learning/IILOutcomes.php

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Study Abroad at Saint Mary’s College
  • Catholic Women’s Liberal Art (about 1600 students)
  • 20% of students study abroad
  • 8 semester options
  • 9 short-term options

Assessment Methods/Design

  • Longitudinal Research Design
    • Pre-test/Post-test (some grad follow-up)
    • Procedures – 70% response rate so far
  • Control Group
    • 30 First-year students
  • Focus Group
    • Study Abroad Re-entry Course
    • Written reflection and Kolb’s LSI
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Slide Available Online:http://www.coe.int/T/E/North-South_Centre/Programmes/3_Global_Education/c_GENE/GENE%20Web-page%20-%20(3)%20Hesse%20article.asp

significant findings from pre post match data n 60
Significant findings from Pre-Post Match Data (n=60)
  • Growth in Acceptance/Adaptation Scale on post test (0.01 level on paired T-tests)
  • Correlations:
    • Change in Minimization Scale-Universalism Cluster was correlated with specific program (0.05 level, see box plots and graph)
    • Students on programs with more cultural immersion (4/5 vs. 3 on Engle & Engle’s scale) showed LESS growth in resolution on the Reversal Scale on average (0.01 level on paired T-tests)
    • Students with more previous experience abroad showed more growth in resolution on Reversal Scale on average (0.05 level)
    • Students with more years in college showed more growth in resolution on the Encapsulated Marginality Scale (0.05 level)
issues from preliminary results
Issues from Preliminary Results
  • Given low Minimization scores (3rd scale)
    • Catholic beliefs ….We’re all God’s children (universalism), or
    • Underlying common humanity (similarity)
  • Does the IDI truly measure a developmental process?
  • Is it legitimate to use an overall developmental score instead of subscales?
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Intercultural Development Inventory:

Standardized instrument

Ability to compare study abroad program outcomes with domestic intercultural programs

Intercultural Development Inventory:

Requires qualifying training to administer

Highly proprietary

Labor- and cost-intensive for large scale use

Benefits to Study Abroad Assessment

& Challenges to Institutional Research

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