Enhancing Holistic Learning Through a Sport Management Short-Term Study Abroad

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Sport management scholars have called for educators and students to increase their global perspectives to better reflect the globalization of the industry. Short-term study abroad trips represent an alternative to long-term study abroad trips and help address financial and temporal barriers associated with longer trips. Based on a holistic model of study abroad, the current study examined the associated outcomes of an intentional pretrip and in-trip design for sport management undergraduate students in a short-term study abroad program. Utilizing a mixed-methods design, the researchers asked students on a short-term trip to complete journals and an online survey regarding their cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal outcomes and corresponding experiences. Results indicate that students demonstrated learning in all three areas and highlight the importance for educators to identify opportunities to assist students in making meaning of their experiences and the corresponding lessons associated with those experiences. These findings provide guidance for educators on how intentionally planning pretrip and in-trip lessons can enhance holistic learning for short-term study abroad students.

Springer, Anderson, and M.A. Dixon are with the Div. of Sport Management and S.M. Dixon, the Div. of Physical Education Activity Program, Dept. of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. Warner is with the Sport Management Program, Dept. of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.

Springer (dspringer@tamu.edu) is corresponding author.
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