"Making the Connection: Praxis and Theory in Education Abroad"
Seventh Annual Conference
April 6-8, 2011
The Forum conference theme, "Making the Connection: Praxis and Theory in Education Abroad" focused on the link between education abroad practices and the theories on which they are based. The Forum's work as the Standards Development Organization for education abroad sits at the intersection of praxis and theory. The Standards provide a roadmap for the development of best practices that both flow from and inform the theory " behind" education abroad programs.
The conference critically examined how and why we design, develop and manage education abroad programs, and how education abroad praxis and theory must respond to the evolving needs of societies, institutions, faculty, and students. Sound education abroad programming requires a theoretical framework informed by practice, and practices that are informed by theory. Understanding the vital connection between praxis and theory is essential for the future of education abroad.
Session and workshop proposals addressed how praxis and theory are developed in relation to each other, and how they shape education abroad program design and outcomes. “Praxis” refers to the process by which we apply theory in the various activities of education abroad programming. Theoretical models are implemented through the education abroad practices that we design and operate. As a field primarily of practitioners, education abroad practices are highly developed and well-shared; however, over time and as practices are accepted, they are often viewed separate from their theoretical underpinnings. “Theory” encompasses the foundation of education abroad mission, goals, and curricula. Theories underlying education abroad have evolved over time, responding to developments in technology, communications, travel, economics, politics, culture, student development, and changes within academic disciplines.
The Forum would like to thank the following colleagues for their time and commitment serving on the conference committee:
Karyn Jones, Yale University, Chair
Jan Bardetta, University of New South Wales
Neva Barker, Scripps College
Adrian Beualiue, Providence College
Jane Dickson, Interstudy
Rosa Marina de Brito Meyer, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro
Enda Carroll, University College Dublin
Jerry Guidera, Center for Cross-Cultural Study
Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University, Past Chair
Marilyn Robitaille, Tarleton State University
David Shallenberger, SIT
John Sunnygard, University of Colorado, Denver
J. Scott Van Der Meid, Brandeis University
Bernd Widdig, Boston College
Please visit the links below for more conference details.
- About Boston
- Conference Evaluation
- Host Institutions
- Hotel Information
- Institutions and Organizations Attending Conference
- Plenary Session
- Pre-Conference Workshops
- Schedule at a Glance
(Please note that session presentations and materials are being uploaded as they are provided to the Forum; they are hyperlinked at session titles in the daily schedule links below.)
- Wednesday, April 6 (Standards of Good Practice Institute)
- Wednesday, April 6 (Pre-Conference Workshops)
- Thursday, April 7 or view a pdf file of the details of Thursday's schedule here: Forum Conference, Thursday, April 7
- Friday, April 8 or view a pdf file of the details of Friday's schedule here: Forum Conference, Friday, April 8
- Sessions (Please note that session presentations and materials are being uploaded as they are provided to the Forum; they are hyperlinked at session titles in the daily schedule links above.)
- Sponsor and Exhibitor Information
- Standards of Good Practice Institute: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad
- Travel Grant
We look forward to seeing you in Boston!
- March 21-23, 2012, Denver, CO
- April 3-5, 2013, Chicago, IL
- April 2-4, 2014, San Diego, CA
- March 25-27, 2015, New Orleans, LA
- 2010: "Vision and Value in Education Abroad", (Charlotte, NC)
- 2009: "Being There: Teaching and Learning Abroad", (Portland, OR )
- 2008: "Mapping the Field", (Boston, MA)
- 2007: "Standards in a Diverse World: The Future of Education Abroad" (Austin, TX)
"This was the most substantive, participatory professional
conference I've attended ...I enjoyed what you put together - good job!"
~ Conference participant, Charlotte 2010