The Impact of Short Term Study Abroad on the  Identity Development of College Students with Learning Disabilities and/or AD/HD

  • Wendy Shames
  • Peg Alden
Keywords: identity development, college students, learning disabilities, short-term study abroad, education abroad

Abstract

This article explores the identity changes that college students with LD and/or AD/HD report after participating in a short-term study abroad program. The reflections of thirteen short-term study abroad participants, all of whom have been diagnosed with LD and/or AD/HD are presented. Particular attention is focused on the ways in which these identity changes impacted the students as learners and the factors unique to short-term study abroad that facilitated those identity changes. It concludes by proposing a model of identity development for students with LD and/or AD/HD and recommends methods for greater inclusion of students with LD and/or AD/HD in short-term study abroad programs. We hope that our findings will help to reframe notions about the ability and adaptability of students with LD and/or AD/HD, lower current barriers to participation in study abroad for students with LD and/or AD/HD, and contribute to the dynamic discussion currently underway about study abroad and student outcomes.

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Author Biographies

Wendy Shames

Wendy Shames is Assistant Professor of cultural anthropology and gender studies at Landmark College. She has her M.A. in cultural anthropology from Brandeis University. Her research interests include the culture of educational environments in the cross-cultural context, social justice, equity, and multiple forms of oppression, and the cultural construction of gender, sexual, and ethnic identity. Ms. Shames designed Landmark College’s short-term study abroad programs to Greece and India and has taught courses on the Landmark College short-term study abroad programs in India, Greece, and Ireland.

Peg Alden

Peg Alden is Associate Professor of Education and Title III Project Director at Landmark College. She has her Doctorate in Education, with an emphasis in college student development and international education. Dr. Alden has extensive international experience in Europe, Africa and Latin America, and was the founding director of a groundbreaking gender and sexuality study abroad program in the Netherlands. Her current position includes training and supporting emerging educational researchers.

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Published
2005-08-15
How to Cite
Shames , W., & Alden, P. (2005). The Impact of Short Term Study Abroad on the  Identity Development of College Students with Learning Disabilities and/or AD/HD. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 11(1), 1-31. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v11i1.149
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