Building collaborative research opportunities into study abroad programs: a case study from Panama

Patricia Solís, Marie Price, María Adames de Newbill

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Abstract

As universities increase their international study opportunities, enormous potential exists to create geography field courses that provide undergraduates and graduate students with primary research experience and intercultural collaboration. This paper draws from our experience leading a two-week collaborative field course in Panama. We outline our principles of engagement: focus on problem-oriented research; build upon local research; create a reflexive working relationship between host and home scholars; foster student collaboration in multiple study stages, including data collection, analysis and interpretation; and make results available, especially to community stakeholders. We conclude that research-driven, collaborative approaches can result in meaningful learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • field course
  • Panama
  • student research
  • study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education

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