Article published in:Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education
Vol. 4:2 (2019) ► pp. 280–304
Investigating higher education students’ intercultural readiness for academic mobility
The present study describes the development and initial empirical testing of a new instrument of intercultural competence. By employing this scale, Turkish Erasmus students’ intercultural sensitivity was examined at a pre-departure stage. The study also investigated whether gender, participation in pre-departure orientation activities and university type (private vs. state) had any influence on the students’ intercultural readiness. Student participants (N = 89) from two state and two private universities in Turkey were involved in the investigation. The data were analyzed using a standard set of psychometric procedures including factor and reliability analyses. For the comparative analyses, T-tests and Anova tests were conducted. Results indicated this new scale to be a reasonable approximation of students’ intercultural readiness for academic mobility. Finally, the participants were found to be quite ready for their Erasmus experience from an intercultural communicative perspective.
Keywords: residence abroad, intercultural communication, foreign language education, intercultural learning
Published online: 24 July 2019
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