Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book of Interest: "Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach" by Darla Deardorff

I'm writing about a book that was published in 2015 that may be of interest to many IHEC Blog readers.  "Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach" by my colleague Darla Deardorff with Forewards by Trudy Banta and Hans de Wit is an interesting and valuable book that many in the field may wish to consider reading. 

Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators is intended for practitioners and professors in international higher education (including study abroad professionals, senior international officers, etc.) and includes chapters on Frequently Asked Questions on outcomes assessment, practical strategies for getting started, avoiding assessment pitfalls, and even a chapter for university leaders on strategic-level assessment issues.   The appendices contain useful worksheets and handouts that can be used with others, as well as practical examples, resources and insightful articles related to assessing intercultural learning outcomes.

Following is a description of the book from the back cover along with the table of contents:

This is a practical guide to learning outcomes assessment in international education for practitioners who are starting to engage with the process, as well as for those who want to improve the quality and effectiveness of existing assessment practices

Table of Contents:

Foreword 1 – Trudy Banta

Foreword 2 – Hans de Wit

Acknowledgements

Preface

Chapter 1: Framing International Education Assessment 

Chapter 2: Thirty Frequently Asked Questions on Assessment in International Practice

Chapter 3: The Unique Assessment Context of International Education

Chapter 4: Principles for Effective Assessment in International Education

Chapter 5: Approaching International Education Assessment Holistically: The Logic Model

Chapter 6: Getting Started

Chapter 7: Developing an Assessment Strategy: The Assessment Process

Chapter 8: Pitfalls to Avoid, Strategies and Lessons Learned

Chapter 9: The Leadership Role in International Education Assessment

Chapter 10: The Future of International Education Assessment 

APPENDICES

Appendix A: Handouts and Worksheets

Appendix B: Assessing Intercultural Competence as a Learning Outcome of International Education

Appendix C: Some Thoughts on Assessing Intercultural Competence

Appendix D: Checklist for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Outcomes Assessment in International Education

Appendix E: Some Assessment Tools for International Education Contexts

Appendix F: International Education Learning Outcomes Examples

Appendix G: Selected Assessment Resources for International Educations

References

Index


Disclaimer:  I received no payment nor other forms of payment for posting about Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My 13 year old daughter and meaningful travel in Ecuador with @GoAbroad

Back in August 2015 my wife and I sent our 13 year old daughter on an 11 day service learning trip to Ecuador through her middle school (see itinerary at bottom).  Needless to say she LOVED her experience and took a bunch of photos!  This past weekend I revisited her photos and have posted a select few I found of her in her GoAbroad gear (her shirt/my hat).  She clearly takes similar photos as her father! 












Thursday, June 9, 2016

Study Abroad Outcomes!

Many people know of my strong interest in research on outcomes of international educational and cultural experiences. 

Following are two photos of an outcome from my study abroad experience in Spain during my junior year in college...I met my wife while studying abroad (we were on the same study abroad program) and today we are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary!

This obviously has nothing to do with research on outcomes of international educational and cultural experiences but for me it was the best outcome of my entire exprience!


Wedding Day - June 9, 1995


My Daughter's 8th Grade Graduation - June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Book: International Higher Education's Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging Research and Practice

Edited by BERNHARD STREITWIESER and ANTHONY C. OGDEN

The idea of the professional who bridges both research and practice has been largely overlooked and at times even disregarded by the academic and administrative structures that govern activity in higher education today. In international higher education, the number of students who now engage in mobility and exchange has expanded globally, along with the administrative cadre that manages all facets of internationalization, and the quickly growing scholarly attention to understanding the phenomenon. In this process, two distinct professional categories have emerged: those who ‘study it’ and those who ‘do it’ – the scholars and the practitioners. Practitioners are seen as those who manage the daily logistical flow of students and personnel around the globe, while scholars are seen as those who conduct research, collect and analyze data, and publish findings to inform, improve, and justify the activity. Yet this dichotomy is overly simplistic, outdated, and excludes the large and growing class of hybrid scholar-practitioners who now engage regularly in both kinds of activity.
It is this rapidly growing population of bridge builders that are profiled and discussed in this book through critical essays on the notion of the scholar-practitioner and its implication for the further development of international higher education. The chapters include detailed analyses from university faculty, senior international officers and other high-level administrators, directors of research centers, key leaders from influential professional associations and private organizations, managers of study abroad and exchange, and graduate students. This book launches a much-needed dialogue about the perception and reality, potential and promise, of the scholar-practitioner in higher education today. It will be of relevance to a wide variety of readers, from those within universities and organizations to those who are outside observers of higher education. 
Contents and Authors
Hans de Wit Foreword
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: bridging research and practice
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden Heralding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Higher Education
John K. Hudzik Internationalization Practitioners and Scholarship: dichotomies and crosswalks
John D. Heyl The Emergence of the Scholar-Practitioner Identity in International Education: a 25-year review
David Comp A Historical Overview of International Education Scholarship and the Role of the Scholar-Practitioner
Donna Scarboro The Benefits and Limits of Scholarship and Self-expression among International Education Professionals
Giselda Beaudin & Louis Berends The Education Abroad Practitioner as Transdisciplinary Scholar
David B. Austell Scholar-Practitioners and the ISSS Professional
Mandy Reinig The Small/One-person Office: the challenge of being both practitioner and scholar
Rosalind Latiner Raby Studying Community Colleges: administrator, practitioner and scholar voices promoting international education
Brian Whalen The Scholar-Practitioner’s Role in Advancing Education Abroad Quality Assurance
Bruce La Brack The Interplay and Co-evolution of Theory and Practice in Preparing Students for International Education Experiences: a retrospective analysis
Elizabeth Brewer Lessons from a Late-blooming International Education Scholar-Practitioner for Combining Practice with Scholarship
Richard Slimbach Deschooling International Education: toward an alternative paradigm of practice
Michael Woolf An Unholy Trinity: conservative dynamics and the scholar-practitioner
Gregory Light Blind Spots, Troublesome Narratives and Arrested Fields: towards the scholar-practitioner
Jane Edwards The Scholar-Practitioner and Translating Research into Working Practice
Darla K. Deardorff Key Theoretical Frameworks Guiding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Education
Taylor C. Woodman & Katherine N. Punteney Graduate Education in Context: preparing scholar-practitioners as future international education leaders
Tamar Breslauer A Librarian’s Lens: thoughts for scholar-practitioners
Fiona Hunter & Laura E. Rumbley Exploring a Possible Future for the Scholar-Practitioner
All contributors Pathways of the Scholar-Practitioner

2016 paperback 340 pages £39.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-77-9
FREE delivery on all orders and all books are sent AIRMAIL worldwide

Disclaimer:  I have a chapter in this book and I receive no profit from the publication or sales of this book.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review of "Raising Global Children" by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan

Following is another long overdue book review that I've been wanting to write about but family life just hasn't allowed for it. The bright side for me is that I've also read this book twice since receiving it just over two years ago.

Raising Global Children by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan (published by ACTFL) and Marshall S. Berdan is a wonderful book and one that I'm thankful to have in my personal home library.  I received the book (my copy is signed!) back in March 2014 while having dinner in New York City with Stacie during the IIE 'Generation Study Abroad’ Think Tank that I was invited to and Stacie was facilitating.

It's a wonderful book and one that anyone raising children today needs to add to their nightstand.  My wife and I strive to raise global children.  While we work to add as many stamps as possible to our children's passports we work hard to instill a global mindset as well.  Raising Global Children is an excellent resources and one that I have found much value in and one that has challenged me to think of new and creative ways to think about global mindedness.  The Table of Contents follows:

Introduction

Chapter 1: A World of Change
Chapter 2: What Raising Global Children Means
Chapter 3: Building a Launch Pad: How to Prepare Children to Become Global
Chapter 4: Teaching Language: "Switching On" the Global Mindset
Chapter 5: Exploring Culture: Having Fun with Global Food, Music, Books, and Friends
Chapter 6: Learning Through Travel: Broadening Minds at Home and Abroad
Chapter 7: Helping Teens Further Their Global Mindset
Chapter 8: Advocating for Raising Global Children

You purchase can learn more about Raising Global Children via Stacie's website here and while you are there check out her other books and you may also wish to consider bringing Stacie in as a speaker or consultant.

Disclaimer:  Aside from receiving a copy of Raising Global Children I receive no other compensation.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review of "Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process" by Andy Molinsky

This is a much delayed review post of the book "Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process" (published by Harvard Business Review Press) written by Andy Molinsky.

I've had Global Dexterity for two years now and while life events have prevented me from writing a review for IHEC Blog the time allowed me to find time to read it twice.  It's a fantastic book on one that I keep in the International Programs Office library at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and I recommend to many of the MBA students I meet with to talk about their international exchange program interests.  I have found Global Dexterity to be very helpful to me in my international travels!

Andy Molinsky is a Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at Brandeis University's International Business School and he is an expert on the challenges people experience when adapting to foreign settings.  Molinsky defines global dexterity as "the capacity to adapt your behavior, when necessary, in a foreign cultural environment to accommodate new and different expectations that vary from those of your native cultural setting".

Global Dexterity is an easy read and one that is accessible to people from all cultural backgrounds and is broken down into three parts.  The Table of Contents follows:

Part One
Why Global Dexterity Matters

1. Introduction to Global Dexterity
2. Psychological Challenges of Developing Global Dexterity

Part Two
How to Develop Your Own Global Dexterity

3. Diagnose the New Cultural Code
4. Identify Your Own Challenges with the New Cultural Code
5. Overcome Challenges by Customizing Your Cultural Behavior
6. Integrate What You Have Learned Through Rehearsal and Evaluation

Part Three
Fine-Tuning Your Global Dexterity

7. Charting Your Progress Over Time
8. Getting Others to Forgive Your Cultural Mistakes
9. Finding a Cultural Mentor
10. Choosing Whether or Not to Adapt Your Behavior

Conclusion: The Myth and Reality of Adapting Behavior Across Cultures

The most valuable part of Global Dexterity for me is the second chapter on "Psychological Challenges of Developing Global Dexterity".  Molinsky's first statements in this chapter really hit home with me and it is this chapter that really captured my attention.  Molinsky states that "many people assume that knowledge is the key to intercultural success.  But mere knowledge about cultural differences is not enough to be successful abroad. You need to be able to transfer that knowledge into action." and he is so right.  The book really makes one reflect and the book only gets better as you read on.

Global Dexterity will be of interest and value to everyone who crosses international borders for personal travel, study/research and business and is a book that I fully recommend without reservation!  You can purchase your copy today (at a very nice price) via Powell's here.

Disclaimer:  Aside from receiving a copy of the book I receive no compensation or any privileges from the review of Global Dexterity.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the upcoming NAFSA Conference in Denver, Colorado from May 29-June 3, 2016 #NAFSA16