Our colleague, Michael Vande Berg, has edited and collaborated on the new book "Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They're Not, and What We Can Do About It".
A central purpose of this book is to question the claims commonly made about the educational benefits of study abroad.
Traditional metrics of enrollment increases and student self-report, and practices of structural immersion, are being questioned as educators voice growing uncertainty about what students are or are not in fact learning abroad. This book looks into whether these criticisms are justified—and what can be done if they are.
The contributors to this book offer a counter-narrative to common views that learning takes place simply through students studying elsewhere, or through their enrolling in programs that take steps structurally to “immerse” them in the experience abroad.
Student Learning Abroad reviews the dominant paradigms of study abroad; marshals rigorous research findings, with emphasis on recent studies that offer convincing evidence about what undergraduates are or are not learning; brings to bear the latest knowledge about human learning and development that raises questions about the very foundations of current theory and practice; and presents six examples of study abroad courses or programs whose interventions apply this knowledge.
This book provokes readers to reconsider long-held assumptions, beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in study abroad and to reexamine the design and delivery of their programs. In doing so, it provides a new foundation for responding to the question that may faculty and staff are now asking: What do I need to know, and what do I need to be able to do, to help my students learn and develop more effectively abroad?
- Orientation Sessions for new directors conducted every fall at Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla
- Three general assemblies
- Workshops: housing issues, visa and residency issues, internship and volunteering opportunities, re-entry issues
In addition, APUNE announces and participates in activities from other instiuttions, and programs abroad:
- Lectures of program professors
APUNE members can propose topics for workshops and meetings, and Associated Insitutions can also announce their activiities, workshops, and other at APUNE assemblies and in the APUNE web page.