Global Dimensions of Student Development: Research, Theory, & Practice

with David Wick

June 05, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

About This Course

This course is free for members of the International Education; Orientation, Transition, and Retention; and New Professionals and Graduate Students KCs. For more information about pricing (and how to make sure you're getting the appropriate discount), please read below the course description.

In this live briefing professor David Wick presents his current research, and that of others, on the intersections between student development theory and work with international and study abroad students. With this foundation he proposes some ways that the research results and theoretical frameworks can be used to refine practice.

In this session, David Wick will use student development theory to examine the learning experiences, strengths, and needs, of study abroad and international students. Building on a foundation of research, participants will then have the opportunity to identify opportunities for theory-informed refinements to practice that can contribute to holistic development for international or study abroad students.

Recent scholarship in the field of international education has begun to shed light on the nature of international student development and on how student development theory can help us make sense of student learning abroad. The presenter will introduce exemplars from these research initiatives as a foundation for examining how this research, and the related theories, can inform practice.

International educators are increasingly seeking to use student development theory to inform practice. A number of recent books on working with study abroad programs and international students have included chapters on student development theory. These theories are also more frequently used as the basis for conference sessions and resource materials. One example is the white paper the presenter co-authored, “Using Student Development Theory for Inclusion and Success in Education Abroad.” In this session, the presenter will highlight some of these resources and provide opportunities for participants to consider how they can leverage the ideas to refine practice.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will know and be able to:

  • explain how international experiences, such as those that international and study abroad students participate in, intersect with student development;
  • identify at least three student development theories that can help to explain or guide international education practice;
  • list at least two development theory-informed international education practices; and
  • select one practice to share with colleagues or adapt to their professional context.

Knowledge Community Pricing

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