Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Frederickson, Joel


The ability to interact and interrelate with people from other cultures and ethnicities has great value in a world becoming increasingly more global in its orientation. Not only have institutions invested time and resources to this end, students have become increasingly interested in these opportunities as well. The purpose of this study was to determine whether participation in a study abroad program at a private, liberal arts university in Minnesota correlated to an overall higher level of ethnocultural empathy among participating students. The study investigated whether there was a correlation between higher levels of enthocultural empathy, as measured by the Empathic Feeling & Expression subscale, and duration of study or gender of the participant. A 2 (gender) X 5 (study abroad experience) ANCOVA was used to analyze the data. The independent variables were gender and study abroad experience, year in school was the covariate. Analyses of these data indicate that semester-long study abroad experiences may increase ethnocultural empathy (p=.076). There was no evidence that interim (3 week) study abroad experiences increased ethnocultural empathy.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation