Brown Bag Series Self-Authorship as a Learning Outcome of Study Abroad by Fang Du, Ph.D.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom Meeting - Virtual

Brown Bag Lecture Series

This talk seeks to examine the learning outcomes of study abroad and the conditions that foster those outcomes. I used self-authorship, a theory that encompasses the interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive developmental domains, and its affiliated learning partnership model, as the theoretical framework.Qualitative data analysis revealed that study abroad can help young adults (college students) move farther in their self-authorship development at all phases and along all three dimensions. Narratives from the interviewees also indicated the kinds of elements in study-abroad programs that either promote or hinder the students’ journey towards self-authorship. The findings also had implications for practitioners to design and evaluate study-abroad programs.


Fang Du earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration from University of Minnesota. She has worked as an administrator and action researcher in four universities in both China and the United States for over 17 years. Currently, she is the Assistant Dean of Curriculum Integration at RU Global.

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