Embedding Intercultural Learning into a College of Science Study Abroad During a Pandemic

By Laura J Starr

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Laura Starr, PhD, Director for Experiential Learning in Purdue University’s College of Science, discusses her COVID-19 forced pivot to remote learning for a history of science course that was originally scheduled as a spring break study abroad in...

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Laura Starr, PhD, Director for Experiential Learning in Purdue University’s College of Science, discusses her COVID-19 forced pivot to remote learning for a history of science course that was originally scheduled as a spring break study abroad in Morocco. In her discussion, she details the activities developed to achieve two intercultural learning outcomes that were part of the original course design: the ability to identify one’s own cultural rules and biases and increased confidence in initiating cross-cultural interactions and suspending judgment. She also addresses the unexpected pre/post results of the Intercultural Development Inventory she used to assess student growth and her own thoughts about creating a similar learning experience with more lead time.

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