Evaluating the international dimension in an undergraduate curriculum by assessing students’ intercultural sensitivity
Center for Leadership & Learning
This formative, outcome-oriented, theory-based evaluation research study assessed the effectiveness of requiring an international (‘I’) course by measuring students’ intercultural sensitivity (IS) at the start and end of a semester. Findings revealed that students’ IS scores did not change regardless of the type of class in which the student was enrolled and were not significantly different based on gender, age, ethnicity, undergraduate classification, or number of ‘I’ courses taken. There were significant differences in IS based on religion, traveling outside the US, participating in a study abroad course, and the number of cultural events in which the student had participated. Regression analysis confirmed that religious affiliation and number of times traveled outside the US were significant predictors of IS. This study is an example of the use of theory-based evaluation in an educational system and provides important insights into what experiences affect college students’ IS.
Studies in Educational Evaluation
Gordon, S. R., & Mwavita, M. (2018). Evaluating the international dimension in an undergraduate curriculum by assessing students’ intercultural sensitivity. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 59, 76–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2018.03.005