Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Study abroad participation and engagement practices of first-generation undergraduate students
by Andriano, Bryan R., Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2010, 186; 3417953
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this dissertation was to establish if a predictive relationship existed between four student engagement variables and participation in study abroad for first-generation students. Relevant empirical studies and literature of practice on study abroad participation and student engagement were explored through and supported by two models of college impact; Astin’s Input-Environment-Outcome model (1970a, 1970b, & 1993) and Pascarella’s General Model for Assessing Change (1985). Using secondary data from the 2003 and 2006 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement College Student Report, a binary multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted to create the final best-fit model for first-generation student participation in study abroad. Although no relationship was found for a student’s perception of institutional support, quality of institutional relationships, or involvement with faculty and participation in study abroad, this research found that a student’s exposure to diversity was impactful on their decision to seek and complete international study. In addition to the core composite variables examined in this study, three specific background or demographic variables were found to be statistically significant, predictive, and practically important variables for this population of students: living in campus-affiliated housing, enrolling in foreign language coursework, and attending a private institution.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jackson, Jacqueline
Commitee: Dumont, Sara, Kirshstein, Rita, Molasso, William, Villarreal, Pedro, III
School: The George Washington University
Department: Education and Human Development
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 71/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Multicultural Education, School administration, Higher education
Keywords: Diversity, Engagement, First generation, First-generation students, International education, Internationalization, Study abroad, Undergraduate
Publication Number: 3417953
ISBN: 978-1-124-15733-7
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