Putting the Local in Global Education
Models for Transformative Learning Through Domestic Off-Campus Programs

Edited by Neal W. Sobania
Foreword by Adam Weinberg
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Published: May 2015  

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Published: May 2015  

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The position taken in this volume is that domestic off-campus study can be just as powerful a transformative learning experience as study overseas, and that domestic programs can equally expand students’ horizons, their knowledge of global issues and processes, their familiarity and experience with cultural diversity, their intercultural skills, and sense of citizenship.

This book presents both the rationale for and examples of “study away”, an inclusive concept that embraces study abroad while advocating for a wide variety of domestic study programs, including community-based education programs that employ academic service-learning and internships.

With the growing diversification—regionally, demographically, culturally, and socio-economically—of developed economies such as the US, the local is potentially a “doorstep to the planet” and presents opportunities for global learning. Moreover, study away programs can address many of the problematic issues associated with study abroad, such as access, finance, participation, health and safety, and faculty support. Between lower costs, the potential to increase the participation of student cohorts typically under-represented in study abroad, the lowering of language barriers, and the engagement of faculty whose disciplines focus on domestic issues, study at home can greatly expand the reach of global learning.

The book is organized in five sections, the first providing a framework and the rationale for domestic study way programs; addressing administrative support for domestic vs. study abroad programs; exploring program goals, organization, structure, assessment and continuous improvement; and considering the distinct pedagogies of experiential and transformative education.

The second section focuses on Semester Long Faculty Led Programs, featuring examples of programs located in a wide variety of locations – from investigations into history, immigration, culture, and the environment through localities in the West and the Lowcountry to exploring globalization in L.A and New York. Section three highlights five Short Term Faculty Led Programs. While each includes an intensive immersive study away experience, two illustrate how a 7 – 10 day study away experience can be effectively embedded into a regular course taught on campus. The fourth section, on Consortium Programs, describes programs that are either sponsored by a college that makes its program available to consortium members and non-members, or is offered by an independent non-for-profit to which institutions send their students.

The final section on Community Engagement and Domestic Study Away addresses the place of community-based education in global learning and provides examples of academic programs that employ service-learning as a tool for collaborative learning, focusing on issues of pedagogy, faculty development and the building long-term reciprocal relationship with community partners to co-create knowledge.

The book is intended for study abroad professionals, multicultural educators, student affairs professionals, alternative spring break directors, and higher education administrators concerned about affordably expanding global education opportunities.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Adam Weinberg


Introduction: The Local-Global Nexus—Neal W. Sobania

Part One: Framing Study Away

1. The Faraway Nearby: Putting the Local in Global Education—Neal W. Sobania

2. Matching Program and Student Characteristics with Learning Outcomes: A Framework for Study Away Curriculum Development—Mark Salisbury

3. Where Experience Meets Transformation—Amanda E. Feller

4. Evaluative Approaches to Domestic Off-Campus Programs—Mark E. Engberg and Lisa M. Davidson

5. No Common Ground: The Spectrum of Policies Related to Domestic Off-Campus Programs—Michael Edmondson

Part Two: Semester-Long Faculty-Led Programs

6. Global Issues Manifested in a Local Setting: the Arizona Borderlands—Patty Lamson and Riley Merline

7. Seeing Things Whole: Immersion in the West—Phil Brick

8. Sojourns in the Lowcountry: Gateway to Africa in the Americas—Jacquelyn Benton

9. Pedagogy Into Practice: Teaching Environmental Design Through Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative—Rob Pyatt, Jennifer L. Benning, Nick Tilsen, Charles Jason Tinant, and Leonard Lone Hill

10. Study USA: Preparing Students to Enter the Most Diverse Workforce in the World—Connie Ledoux Book, J. McMerty, and William Webb

Part Three: Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs

11. From Immersion With Farmers and Autoworkers to Refugees and Immigrants: 40 Years of Transformational Learning—Jeff Thaler

12. Beyond Waikiki: Discovering the Aloha Spirit in Hawaii—Oumatie Marajh and Esther Onaga

13. GO Long or GO Short but GO: Study Away as Curricular Requirement—Scott Manning and Christine Dinges

14. “It’s so Good to See You Back in Town”: Participating in Makah Culture—Dave Huelsbeck

15. Practicing Lifelong Learning and Global Citizenship on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—Kathryn Burleson

Part Four: Consortium Programs

16. Is Place the Thing? Integrative Learning at The Philadelphia Center—Rosina S. Miller

17. Learning to Stand on Shifting Ground: The New York Arts Program—Linda Earle

18. Library and Museum Collections as Labs for Student Learning: The ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities—Joan Gillespie

19. Immersing Students in Conservation and Community: The Northwest Conservancy—Melanie Parker

20. "No Such Thing as Away": Urban Immersion in the Upper Midwest—and Around the World—Sarah Pradt

Part Five: Community Engagement and Domestic Study Away

21.Liberal Education and Service-Learning as a High-Impact Practice—Rachel Tomas Morgan and Paul Kollman

22. Faculty Development and Ownership of Community Engaged Teaching and Learning—Celestina Castillo, Regina Freer, Felisa Guillén, and Donna Maeda

23. The World is at the Campus Doorstep for Putting the Local in Global Education—Kent Koth

24. The Power of Place: University-Community Partnership in the Development of an Urban Immersion Semester—JoDee Keller, Rose McKenney, Kathy Russell, and Joel Zylstra

Afterword—Larry Braskamp

About the Contributors


Sample: Introduction

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Putting the Local in Global Education reminds us of how important it is to focus more on what students are learning than where they are studying. By linking complex questions of local and global impact, identity, power, and justice, the authors contribute to critical conversations about how we might more broadly define global learning. As a result, this book will encourage curricular and pedagogical experimentation and, I hope, lead to new ways that faculty and students may come to recognize the global in their communities and deepen their appreciation for the complexities of their interconnected lives."
- Kevin Hovland, Senior Director, Academic Programs , NAFSA
"The time has come for all international educators to consider more seriously how we actively bridge global learning with the local, domestic context. Putting the Local in Global Education is a critical read for those educators who seek to ensure that global learning is accessible for all students – not just those who are able to study abroad."
- Gayle Woodruff, Director, Curriculum and Campus Internationalization , University of Minnesota