From Theory to Practice: Converting Class Content to Study Abroad


  • Marie alice Arnold George Mason University
  • Laura Scobey George Mason University



research, intercultural skills, non-traditional classroom, pedagogy, global learning


Study Abroad is a non-traditional classroom. It offers students a view to real world application, the praxis of theory taught in class. How does a faculty member take a traditional syllabus and translate it into a successful study abroad course?

This session will start with an introduction to recent literature on the benefits of using study abroad as part of the teaching arsenal. Mason Study Abroad will display a variety of pedagogies commonly used in the study abroad setting such as the interplay between work done before departure to onsite work, academic journaling, academic reflection, group discussions, onsite debate, presentations, and the use of onsite resources. Participants will also be introduced to the use of the local environment including how to choose visits, activities, and the balance between tourist and non-tourist elements. Participants will analyze how the pedagogies apply to a variety of disciplines and how each benefit students. The session will place particular emphasis on the creative use of methodologies to enhance intercultural skill development. Included will be how to building a variety of elements to meet the needs of different learning styles.

Given Masonââ¬â¢s status as a Research I institution a component on incorporating research will be included. A group activity is planned where participants take a Mason course and re-create it in a study abroad setting.

Author Biographies

Marie alice Arnold, George Mason University

Mason Study Abroad, Interim Director
MA International Educational Development, Teachers College Columbia University

Laura Scobey, George Mason University

Mason Study Abroad, Program Officer

MA International Affairs, American University





4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)