The core objective of the study is to explore the effectiveness of two widely adopted learning activities, namely, overseas exchange programs and internships. These activities are designed to improve the overall learning capabilities of students. However, the extant studies have not systematically reviewed or measured the effectiveness of these programs. By adopting the framework of the outcome-based approach, this longitudinal study investigates how these international assignments can enhance students’ learning outcomes and capabilities.
Description of process, outcomes or deliverable
The study included a large-scale survey of 1,144 applicants of both overseas programs organized by CUHK regarding their learning motivations and intended learning goals. Another pre- and post-survey with 227 respondents who were participating in an overseas summer internship or summer exchange program was also conducted in order to investigate their changes in the five different competencies. In addition, in order to have a deeper understanding of the learning process of participants during the programs, 77 participants were invited to join three longitudinal interviews before their departure, during the on-site period as well as upon repatriation. The interviews examined the goal-setting process, pre-departure preparations, adjustment issues as well as the barriers and difficulties that participants had encountered.
Methodological triangulation has been employed throughout the research in order to increase the validity and reliability of the data.
Dissemination, diffusion and impact
Five presentations related to the study has been given during the past two years at CUHK or at overseas conference. One journal paper has been published on the related area.