Several instruments are designed to help locate college students on intercultural scales and measure changes in their perspectives over time as a result of educational experiences.
During this collaborative NAFSA Academic Programs Faculty Conversation, leading experts in the field will:
- provide an overview of multiple techniques designed to measure student intercultural competence;
- discuss what the results derived from these instruments actually tells us (and what it does not);
- share data and theory on why differences occur in what individual students learn as a result of study abroad experiences.
Participants will then join the conversation to explore:
- how students may be developing in ways that we are now learning to measure;
- what kinds of analyses and questions we need to illuminate such change;
- what kinds of pedagogies and learning experiences we can imagine to better align theory and practice.
Faculty Conversations are designed for faculty members, researchers, and international educators interested in student learning outcomes and the educational experiences—curricular and co-curricular—created to help students gain and practice global knowledge, skills, and perspectives.
Kick off the new academic year with this stimulating conversation that taps into NAFSA’s growing community of practice focused on global learning.
Gather Your Colleagues To Participate
Invite colleagues from across your college, campus, or organization to join the conversation. With one computer and telephone, all can participate for a single fee.
Chris R. Glass, PhD, is an assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership at Old Dominion University. His research examines the formation and evolution of the social networks of international students who attend U.S. colleges and universities. Glass takes a social psychological approach to researching issues in American higher education, with an interest in how the presence of others affects educational outcomes, such as achievement, motivation, and social development. He is a lead researcher on the Global Perspective Inventory, which examines the relationship between educational experiences and global learning outcomes based on survey responses of 70,000 undergraduates, including more than 5,000 international students, at 135 American colleges and universities.
Kenneth Cushner, EdD, is professor of multicultural and international education in the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University. Prior to his university appointment, he taught in schools in Switzerland, Australia and the United States, and has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents. Cushner is author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education and training, including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach; Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence; Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel; and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition. A former East-West Center scholar, Cushner is a founding fellow and past-president of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; was a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden in 2008; coordinated the Teachers at Sea program for Semester at Sea in the summers of 2010 and 2011; and twice served as director of the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.
Helen Marx, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), where she is coordinator of Undergraduate Elementary Eduction Programs and co-director of the SCSU Urban Education Fellows Program. Her current research interests are in the areas of intercultural development, study abroad program design, and urban and international teacher education. Her 2008 publication "Please mind the culture gap: Intercultural development during a teacher education study abroad program" in the Journal of Teacher Education explores the use of study abroad cross-cultural field experiences within teacher education programs. Marx is also co-developer of NAFSA's My Cultural Awareness Profile. She earned her MA from New York University, master's of education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her PhD from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
Craig N. Shealy, PhD, is professor of graduate psychology at James Madison University and executive director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI). Shealy’s research on beliefs and values, explicated through Equilintegration Theory, the EI Self, and the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI), has been featured in a variety of forums in the United States and internationally, including Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. The BEVI is used in a wide range of contexts, including educational, leadership, clinical, organizational, and forensic, as well as the Forum BEVI Project, which assesses the processes and outcomes of international, multicultural, and transformative learning. A licensed clinical psychologist, Shealy is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at James Madison University, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.