Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department or School/College
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Gyda Swaney, Cheryl VanDenburg, Aaron W. Andreason, Darrell Stolle
Cross-cultural adjustment, Grounded Theory, Interdisciplinary Studies, Qualitative Case Study, Reentry Shock, Reverse Culture Shock
University of Montana
Reentry Shock had been studied through psychological symptoms and inter-relationship problems. Previous research also focused on quantitative data of post-experience questionnaires. This dissertation examines how reentry support programs help students during the reentry process and how participants integrate the study abroad experience into their academic careers. A case study methodology was employed and qualitative data was gathered from eight students who volunteered to participate in two 90 minute workshops and an individual interview. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze the data with NVivo. Thematic analysis revealed a reentry process where students became aware of: a) the different ways they changed and reacted to changes in their sense of self, b) changes in their language use, c) their use of coping strategies, and d) how they incorporated the experience in their present educational journeys and future careers. Overall, participants' responses revealed a need for an opportunity and a place where returning students can validate both their study abroad and reentry experiences.
Arouca, Raquel Alexandra, "A qualitative study of returning study abroad students: The critical role of reentry support programs" (2013). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 33.
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