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Cultural Immersion: A Trigger for Transformative Learning

David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(2), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9020020
Received: 21 January 2020 / Revised: 15 February 2020 / Accepted: 17 February 2020 / Published: 20 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Economics)
This study examines the cultural immersion experience of 26 students who participated in either a study abroad program (SAP) or global service learning program (GSL). Specifically, the study investigates the transformative learning before, during, and after cultural immersion and the impact it had on participants’ attitudes toward diverse others. The findings indicate that attitude change during and after the cultural immersion experience is a multi-dimensional and unique process that differs for individuals. Additionally, the results suggest that during cultural immersion, certain program factors and personal factors are essential for transformative learning to occur. These factors include intentionality in pre-immersion preparation, the intensity of cultural immersion, and willingness to engage in reflection during post-immersion. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural immersion 1; global service learning 2; study abroad; transformative learning 3; attitude change 4 cultural immersion 1; global service learning 2; study abroad; transformative learning 3; attitude change 4
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Onosu, O.G. Cultural Immersion: A Trigger for Transformative Learning. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 20.

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