Study Abroad Program Design From a Positive Psychology Perspective


Empirical research within the past several decades has established study abroad (SA) as a high impact practice for university students’ academic development, retention, and global education skills development (Redden, 2012; Tillman, 2005, 2014). Five major theoretical frameworks have been identified (Ogden, 2015). However, current research evidence from a positive psychology perspective in study abroad program design appears to be limited. Database and archive searches yield few research articles utilizing a positive psychology theoretical framework, SA program build, or research-based assessment or validation from a strengths-based approach. Our research focuses on study abroad program design referring to students' study patterns of strengths and weaknesses with an eye towards program betterment and individual strengths development. We collected one set of data one year before and two years of two data sets after the Covid-19 epidemic. We report the results of the analysis of the first-year data set (n = 546) which featured variables related to study abroad. The results show student liking for English, attitudes towards learning English and study abroad interest. We also report the results of patterns amongst general motivation as measured by the hope construct (Snyder, et al., 2002), academic self-efficacy (Zimmerman, Bandura, & Martinez-Pons,1992) and their relations with important academic skills such as time management versus academic procrastination and outcomes such as TOEIC® scores (ETS) from the second (n = 110) year of our research. Lastly, we will discuss the implications for future SA program development from a strengths based, positive psychology perspective.

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Joseph Ring, Osaka Seikei University, Japan
Yoshimi Kunieda, Osaka Seikei University, Japan
Sumiko Sakai, Osaka Seikei University, Japan

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Conference: BCE2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Ring J., Kunieda Y., & Sakai S. (2023) Study Abroad Program Design From a Positive Psychology Perspective ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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