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Interventionist Models for Study Abroad

The 21st century has seen significant growth in the body of theoretical and empirical knowledge regarding the impact of study abroad on intercultural competence. These theoretical insights and research findings shed new light on the ways in which intercultural development occurs and on the role of various agents and experiences influencing that development. This entry examines the interventionist framework and discusses in detail the factors that have been shown to have a direct impact on intercultural competence, beginning with an examination of the different frameworks or paradigms that have influenced the nature of study-abroad programs.

Paradigms of Learning in the Study-Abroad Context

A paradigm is defined by Thomas Kuhn (1996) as a set of “universally recognized scientific achievements that, for a time, provide model problems and solutions ...

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