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Integrated Intercultural Development
Classroom scholarship by Assistant Professor Paula J. Pedersen informs research published in new book.
Paula J. Pedersen, director of UMD’s Education for Inclusive Excellence and assistant professor of Psychology, contributed a chapter/case study to the book Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment, and Application.
The book, recently published by Routledge, focuses on primary learning outcomes of internationalization efforts. It provides examples of real practice around the globe. Dr. Pedersen’s chapter/case study is entitled ‘Comprehensive and integrated intercultural development: A model for institutional change.’
“This line of research began with my classroom scholarship of teaching and learning,” Pedersen says. “In 2005, I started using the Intercultural Development Inventory to assess student learning outcomes related to intercultural development while teaching a study abroad course. That information led me to begin to develop intentional pedagogy for our yearlong study in England program. That program is featured in the book Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It.
“I brought the lessons I learned there back to infuse intercultural pedagogy into my courses at UMD. That pedagogy was then adapted for staff and faculty development and training. A system-wide model evolved from that work. This is the second book chapter on the comprehensive model. I am working on more outcome/assessment of institutional change for the next steps.”