Sensation Seekers Who Learn Abroad: Exploring the Role of Risk Perception in Co-op Students’ International Plans

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Date created
2020-04-01
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Abstract
Universities around the world seek to increase their students’ learning abroad in forms like international co-op and exchange. The authors build on findings in a 2016 publication by Behrisch in this journal to focus on the correlation of perceived risk with students’ completion of a learning abroad experience. Using binary logistic regression analysis, findings suggest that students’ perceived risk is negatively correlated with their likelihood of completing a learning abroad experience. Drawing on approach/inhibition theory and sensation seeking literature, the authors form a picture of how risk perception interacts with other factors to influence students’ completion of learning abroad. Risk is typically regarded at the institutional and student levels as something negative to avoid. Reframing risk within the university as a conversation about learning, opportunity, and cognitive processing is recommended, since learning and teaching are essential elements of universities. The goal is to increase student engagement in learning abroad.
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BEHRISCH, T., & GEMINO, A. Sensation seekers who learn abroad: Exploring the role of risk perception in co-op students’ international plans. International Journal of Work Integrated Learning, 21(2), 117-129.
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International Journal of Work Integrated Learning
Document title
Sensation Seekers Who Learn Abroad: Exploring the Role of Risk Perception in Co-op Students’ International Plans
Volume
21
Issue
2
First page
117
Last page
129
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Yes
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