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Stepping Inside the Box: Analysis of Sojourner Perspectives on Successful Study Abroad Experiences

Abstract This dissertation examined sojourner adjustment success utilizing a unique method for collecting and analyzing the perceptions and sense making of the sojourner participants. Although previous research studies in this area have mostly relied on quantitative survey designs and researcher-generated models, this study relied on in-depth, participant-driven, qualitative interviews that were semi-structured using a software-assisted method called Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM). Through this dissertation research, study abroad students (sojourners) had the opportunity to reflect on their sojourn experience, share their adjustment stories, and identify factors that were personally relevant to their success. This study broke new ground whil... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Valianos, Alexis J. (Author) / Broome, Benjamin (Advisor) / Martin, Judith (Committee member) / Baldwin, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / adjustment / intercultural / interview / ISM / language / sojourner
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 263 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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