Higher achievers? Mobility programmes, generic skills, and academic learning: a UK case study

Wang, Z, Crawford, I and Liu, L (2019) 'Higher achievers? Mobility programmes, generic skills, and academic learning: a UK case study.' Intercultural Education. ISSN 1467-5986

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14675986.2019.1666246

Abstract

The received wisdom is that mobility programmes considerably contribute to students in terms of the development of generic skills, language and multicultural competence and competitive advantage in global labour market. Surprisingly, the impacts of mobility programmes on academic learning have received very limited research interest in the literature. This study uses students enrolled on international management and modern languages degrees in a British university to investigate the benefits of a yearlong study abroad programme, on the development of linguistic and multicultural skills measured by their academic results pre- and post- international mobility. Using a control group of students who stay on campus, quantitative data drawn from a longitudinal study over eight years conclusively suggest that study abroad students academically outperform control group students after controlling for gender, domicile, ethnicity, socio-economic status, prior academic performance and age. The implications of these results on higher education and policy making are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: yearlong study abroad, academic learning, language skills, quantitative methods, control group
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Bath Business School
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 10:44
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2019 13:31
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