Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book of Interest: "Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach" by Darla Deardorff

I'm writing about a book that was published in 2015 that may be of interest to many IHEC Blog readers.  "Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach" by my colleague Darla Deardorff with Forewards by Trudy Banta and Hans de Wit is an interesting and valuable book that many in the field may wish to consider reading. 

Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators is intended for practitioners and professors in international higher education (including study abroad professionals, senior international officers, etc.) and includes chapters on Frequently Asked Questions on outcomes assessment, practical strategies for getting started, avoiding assessment pitfalls, and even a chapter for university leaders on strategic-level assessment issues.   The appendices contain useful worksheets and handouts that can be used with others, as well as practical examples, resources and insightful articles related to assessing intercultural learning outcomes.

Following is a description of the book from the back cover along with the table of contents:

This is a practical guide to learning outcomes assessment in international education for practitioners who are starting to engage with the process, as well as for those who want to improve the quality and effectiveness of existing assessment practices

Table of Contents:

Foreword 1 – Trudy Banta

Foreword 2 – Hans de Wit



Chapter 1: Framing International Education Assessment 

Chapter 2: Thirty Frequently Asked Questions on Assessment in International Practice

Chapter 3: The Unique Assessment Context of International Education

Chapter 4: Principles for Effective Assessment in International Education

Chapter 5: Approaching International Education Assessment Holistically: The Logic Model

Chapter 6: Getting Started

Chapter 7: Developing an Assessment Strategy: The Assessment Process

Chapter 8: Pitfalls to Avoid, Strategies and Lessons Learned

Chapter 9: The Leadership Role in International Education Assessment

Chapter 10: The Future of International Education Assessment 


Appendix A: Handouts and Worksheets

Appendix B: Assessing Intercultural Competence as a Learning Outcome of International Education

Appendix C: Some Thoughts on Assessing Intercultural Competence

Appendix D: Checklist for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Outcomes Assessment in International Education

Appendix E: Some Assessment Tools for International Education Contexts

Appendix F: International Education Learning Outcomes Examples

Appendix G: Selected Assessment Resources for International Educations



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My 13 year old daughter and meaningful travel in Ecuador with @GoAbroad

Back in August 2015 my wife and I sent our 13 year old daughter on an 11 day service learning trip to Ecuador through her middle school (see itinerary at bottom).  Needless to say she LOVED her experience and took a bunch of photos!  This past weekend I revisited her photos and have posted a select few I found of her in her GoAbroad gear (her shirt/my hat).  She clearly takes similar photos as her father! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Study Abroad Outcomes!

Many people know of my strong interest in research on outcomes of international educational and cultural experiences. 

Following are two photos of an outcome from my study abroad experience in Spain during my junior year in college...I met my wife while studying abroad (we were on the same study abroad program) and today we are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary!

This obviously has nothing to do with research on outcomes of international educational and cultural experiences but for me it was the best outcome of my entire exprience!

Wedding Day - June 9, 1995

My Daughter's 8th Grade Graduation - June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Book: International Higher Education's Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging Research and Practice


The idea of the professional who bridges both research and practice has been largely overlooked and at times even disregarded by the academic and administrative structures that govern activity in higher education today. In international higher education, the number of students who now engage in mobility and exchange has expanded globally, along with the administrative cadre that manages all facets of internationalization, and the quickly growing scholarly attention to understanding the phenomenon. In this process, two distinct professional categories have emerged: those who ‘study it’ and those who ‘do it’ – the scholars and the practitioners. Practitioners are seen as those who manage the daily logistical flow of students and personnel around the globe, while scholars are seen as those who conduct research, collect and analyze data, and publish findings to inform, improve, and justify the activity. Yet this dichotomy is overly simplistic, outdated, and excludes the large and growing class of hybrid scholar-practitioners who now engage regularly in both kinds of activity.
It is this rapidly growing population of bridge builders that are profiled and discussed in this book through critical essays on the notion of the scholar-practitioner and its implication for the further development of international higher education. The chapters include detailed analyses from university faculty, senior international officers and other high-level administrators, directors of research centers, key leaders from influential professional associations and private organizations, managers of study abroad and exchange, and graduate students. This book launches a much-needed dialogue about the perception and reality, potential and promise, of the scholar-practitioner in higher education today. It will be of relevance to a wide variety of readers, from those within universities and organizations to those who are outside observers of higher education. 
Contents and Authors
Hans de Wit Foreword
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: bridging research and practice
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden Heralding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Higher Education
John K. Hudzik Internationalization Practitioners and Scholarship: dichotomies and crosswalks
John D. Heyl The Emergence of the Scholar-Practitioner Identity in International Education: a 25-year review
David Comp A Historical Overview of International Education Scholarship and the Role of the Scholar-Practitioner
Donna Scarboro The Benefits and Limits of Scholarship and Self-expression among International Education Professionals
Giselda Beaudin & Louis Berends The Education Abroad Practitioner as Transdisciplinary Scholar
David B. Austell Scholar-Practitioners and the ISSS Professional
Mandy Reinig The Small/One-person Office: the challenge of being both practitioner and scholar
Rosalind Latiner Raby Studying Community Colleges: administrator, practitioner and scholar voices promoting international education
Brian Whalen The Scholar-Practitioner’s Role in Advancing Education Abroad Quality Assurance
Bruce La Brack The Interplay and Co-evolution of Theory and Practice in Preparing Students for International Education Experiences: a retrospective analysis
Elizabeth Brewer Lessons from a Late-blooming International Education Scholar-Practitioner for Combining Practice with Scholarship
Richard Slimbach Deschooling International Education: toward an alternative paradigm of practice
Michael Woolf An Unholy Trinity: conservative dynamics and the scholar-practitioner
Gregory Light Blind Spots, Troublesome Narratives and Arrested Fields: towards the scholar-practitioner
Jane Edwards The Scholar-Practitioner and Translating Research into Working Practice
Darla K. Deardorff Key Theoretical Frameworks Guiding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Education
Taylor C. Woodman & Katherine N. Punteney Graduate Education in Context: preparing scholar-practitioners as future international education leaders
Tamar Breslauer A Librarian’s Lens: thoughts for scholar-practitioners
Fiona Hunter & Laura E. Rumbley Exploring a Possible Future for the Scholar-Practitioner
All contributors Pathways of the Scholar-Practitioner

2016 paperback 340 pages £39.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-77-9
FREE delivery on all orders and all books are sent AIRMAIL worldwide

Disclaimer:  I have a chapter in this book and I receive no profit from the publication or sales of this book.