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The Impact of Cultural Immersion Experience on Identity Transformation Process

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2680; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052680
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 5 March 2021 / Published: 7 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Importance of Mentoring for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
This study focused on understanding the cultural immersion experience of students who participated in Study Abroad Programs (SAP) and Global Service Learning Programs (GSL). The study looked at how the immersion experience impacted the participants’ view of self and others upon re-entry into their local community. Specifically, we applied the perspective transformation theoretical framework to analyze the extent to which participation in cultural immersion programs transforms students’ perceptions of self and others. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews suggested that by engaging in intentional immersion and guided reflections, participants became aware of the need to reevaluate their perspectives, expectations, and assumptions about self and others. We also found that there were differences in the way participants experienced the cultural immersion process and the impact it had on cultural awareness and self-identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-identity; cultural immersion; perspective transformation self-identity; cultural immersion; perspective transformation
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Onosu, G. The Impact of Cultural Immersion Experience on Identity Transformation Process. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052680

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Onosu G. The Impact of Cultural Immersion Experience on Identity Transformation Process. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052680

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Onosu, Gloria. 2021. "The Impact of Cultural Immersion Experience on Identity Transformation Process" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052680

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