Perceptions of Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences on Intercultural Competence in School Psychology Graduate Students

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Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services


Advisor: Susan Davies


Intercultural competence is an emerging topic of interest in service-based professions, including school psychology. The National Association of School Psychologists has long asserted the importance of interculturally competent practices in schools in the form of ethical and unbiased assessments and interventions, collaboration with families, and overall justice and advocacy for all students. Research indicates that participating in a study abroad experience during an undergraduate or graduate program of study is one option for future professionals in schools to gain intercultural competence. Previous research examined the impact of study abroad experiences on future teachers and school counselors, but little research exists on the impact of study abroad on school psychologists, who serve diverse student groups. This qualitative project examined the unique experiences and perceived intercultural competence growth of school psychology graduate students who participated in study abroad experiences, as well as how their experiences prepared them to serve diverse populations in schools. Implications regarding future research and practice are provided.


Special Education, Education, study abroad, school psychology, graduate student, short-term study abroad, intercultural competence, culture, travel, cultural competence

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