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Assessing Intercultural Learning in Student and Pupil Exchanges:

Exploring Evidence of Success”
Location: Colle di Val d’Elsa (Tuscany, Italy) – Intercultura Foundation
Dates: Arr. Friday Sept. 27th – Dep. Mon. 30th 2013
Partners: Intercultura Foundation, EFIL European Federation for Intercultural Learning, AFS Austria, AFS Intercultural Programs

  • Explore state of intercultural assessment (why, overview, state of field)

  • Understand fundamentals of quality assessment (including what works and what does not)

  • Clarify which methodologies are more commonly used to determine progress in intercultural competence by pupils and students involved in an individual or group exchange1; and which are applicable by schools and voluntary groups that do not have access to specialized research

  • Gain update on AFS intercultural assessment.

Tentative agenda:
Friday September 27th
….. Arrivals at the Intercultura Foundation’s Center in Colle di Val d’Elsa, 40 kms. South of Florence

    1. Dinner and welcome session: introduction of program and participants

Key note speaker: Jagdish Gundara, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies, Director of International Centre of Intercultural Studies, Institute of Education, University of London – “Current Intercultural Issues within the Global Context”
Saturday September 28th

    1. Plenary session – Darla Deardorff – “State of the Art in Assessment (concrete categories, models, instruments)”

    1. Break

11.00 Plenary session – Milton Bennett – “Meta-Approaches to Assessing Intercultural Competence” (how different kinds of assessment operate at different levels of analysis and emerge from different paradigms. How to choose the kind of assessment that matches the approach and expected outcome of the exchange).

12.30 Lunch
14.00 Plenary session – Melissa Liles – “The case of AFS: what has AFS done so far”
15.00 Breakout groups to discuss inputs and ask questions

  • Uffe G. Pedersen – Group 1

  • Andrea Franzoi – Group 2

  • Johanna Nemeth – Group 3

  • Eva Vitkova – Group 4

16.30 Break

17.00 Plenary with Darla Deardorff, Milton Bennett, Melissa Liles to reply/clarify

20.00 Dinner – distribution of next day’s case studies

Given the complexity and technicality of the subject, each presenter is requested to prepare in advance a 2 page document that outlines:

1. what they were asked to help assess (project goals

2. why they then selected the methods they did

3. very briefly, how these methods work

4. how successful the measurement system was/is vis-à-vis #1 above

Sunday September 29th
09.00 Plenary session – Bruce La Brack frames goals of the day (related to debating which approaches work best with pupil/student exchanges) and he introduces 4 case studies: Guo-ming Chen, Shingo Ashizawa, Prue Holmes, Michael Vande Berg

1.      Vande Berg: Georgetown Study and CIEE’s use of it for their exchange programs

2.      Chen: Exact subject TBD, but could be about development and/or validation of his own tool Intercultural Communication Sensitivity Scale 

3.      Ashizawa: How to evaluate the skills learned during an experience abroad         

4. Holmes: Autoethnography and Self-reflection: tools for self-assessing intercultural competence in and outside of the classroom

10.30 Break

11.00 First round of parallel workshops (4 case studies above)
The workshops are structured as follows, using facilitators who have been well briefed in advance (possibly already assigned recommended reflection/discussion questions to for part C):

A. expert gives additional context/answers questions about the case and the previously distributed summaries (20-30 mins)

B. expert shares views on how methods could be applicable outside of the case to other pupil/student settings – i.e. what conditions would warrant same/similar use of methods, what conditions would NOT (20-30 mins)

C. open discussion ensues about applicability in other (AFS, YFU, classroom, etc.) settings depending who is in the group, with goal of participants walking away with more concrete ideas about application to their own settings (60-80 mins).
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Second round of parallel workshops (4 case studies above)
16.30 Break
17.00 Closing reports, remarks, suggestions – Final wrap up
20.00 Dinner

Monday September 30th
…… Departures

Participant experts
Shingo Ashizawa, Tokyo University

Trudy Banta, Indiana University – Purdue University

Milton Bennett, IDRI

Juergen Bolten, AFS Educational Council

Paola Bortini, Limina OG, Vienna

Darla Deardorff, Duke University

Gunther Dietz, AFS Educational Council

Uffe Gravers Pedersen, former principal of international school

Guo-ming Chen, University of Rhode Island

Jagdish Gundara, University of London

Prue Holmes, Durham University

Cigdem Kagiçtibasi, Koç University, Istanbul

Ewa Krzaklewksa, Jagellonian University Krakow (speaks Italian and English)

Tom Kurz – Experiment in International Living

Bruce La Brack, University of the Pacific (emer.)

Joyce Osland, San Jose State University

Kumiko Torikai, AFS Educational Council

Michael Vande Berg, MVB Associates

Uli Zeutschel, OSB International, Hamburg

1 In this forum we suggest that we concentrate on progress made by students/pupils and that we leave other participants (families, schools, etc.) to future sessions, to avoid confusing methodologies etc.

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