Department     Education Development and Learning Support Center
   Position   Associate Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2015/03
Type Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Application of "Significant Learning" Theory in a Short-Term Study Abroad Program: Categorization of Learning Outcomes in Study Abroad and a New Approach to Learner-Centered Educational Design
Contribution Type Single Work
Journal Intercultural Education
Volume, Issue, Page pp.111-126
Details Vande Berg et al. (2012) argue that what makes a study abroad program successful is to identify learning outcomes and design the program in a way that participants can attain these results. However, learning outcomes in overseas education are diverse and therefore not yet systematically organized. Looking at this issue, this paper aims to categorize learning outcomes of a short-term study abroad program by employing the categorization of the “Significant Learning” theory by Fink (2013). Also the implementation of Fink’s course design in which “Significant Learning” can be achieved is introduced. Additionally, a suggestion is made for a new approach to learner-centered educational design by reconstructing Fink’s course design. The learning outcomes employed for categorization in this paper are the data of the student-perceived learning which are elicited from learning reflections recorded in e-portfolios of the students during their two-month study abroad program.
ISSN 0914-6970
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