Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Faculty leadership in baccalaureate study abroad programs: The relationship between faculty preparedness and intercultural competence
by MacDonald, Carla J., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012, 208; 3509700
Abstract (Summary)

The dissertation describes projected research to investigate whether a relationship exists between faculty in baccalaureate education who lead short term study abroad programs (SAPS) and their levels of intercultural competency. Specifically, the research collected considers whether a connection exists between those faculty who received preparation and training prior to the trip compared to their level of intercultural competency after a trip along with their leadership style. The literature review examines the impact made by faculty in leadership positions upon their students, the followers. In programs such as SAPS, leadership in higher education can provide the platform for learning the connection between behavior and cultural norms (Danzig, 1999). SAPS have been found to enhance students' worldview, leading to the characteristics needed for global leadership (Kitsantas, 2004). Studies have found that intercultural competence can be measured via a multiplicity of validated instruments commonly used in the global contexts of vocational and educational environments. Using the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES), this study investigated the leadership of faculty who lead short term SAPS and their association with intercultural competence. Additionally, the use of the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) assessed transformational leadership. The research considers the relationship between faculty who receive preparation and training prior to the SAPS and those who do not. The levels of intercultural competence and expertise found in faculty who lead short term SAPS revealed in this study, associated with the level of preparation and determination of the leadership style, will serve as a foundation for recommendations to college administrators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barnes, Joanne
Commitee: Wilkinson, Gary F., Wilson, Norman G.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Higher education
Keywords: Faculty, Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES), Intercultural competence, Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), Study abroad programs, Transformational leadershp
Publication Number: 3509700
ISBN: 978-1-267-36459-3
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