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Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v20 spec iss p1-16 Spr 2011

Cross-/inter-cultural development, language acquisition, employment potential, and the impact of homestays, program duration, direct enrollment, even grading policies have been analyzed in the pages of Frontiers and other journals. This analysis more often than not utilizes methodologies particular to social science research. What has been missing from the profession of education abroad is a parallel development of theory. A discussion of the city's relation to study abroad provides an opportunity to insert a theoretical element into the pedagogy of the profession. Specifically, the author proposes to introduce the Foucauldian concepts of genealogy and heterotopia to the idea of the city, and in turn apply those same terms to the place of the city in the study abroad experience. Then, turning from Michel Foucault as philosopher of space to Paul Virilio, philosopher of time, the author demonstrates the interplay between Foucault's heterotopia and Virilio's anti-city, showing how study abroad in the contemporary, globalized city requires distinct programmatic changes to the (s)pace of education abroad.

Descriptors: Employment Potential, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Educational Research, Genealogy, Place of Residence, Urban Areas, Educational Experience

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Autor: Kenney, Lance


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