International Sojourning in the U.S.: Perceptions from Children of a Visiting Scholar

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Patricia Davis-Wiley
Seohnee Cho

Abstract

The experiences of visiting university faculty have been documented in the literature, yet, there appears to be a dearth of studies concerning the impact of sojourning abroad on children of visiting scholars who join a parent for an extended visit to a host country. This article will present a case study that qualitatively examined the perceptions, expectations and reflections of two young Koreans who accompanied their father during his 10-month sabbatical at a large, public university in the South East United States. Specifically, data collected by the researchers through a series of interviews investigated socio-cultural and situational experiences and challenges reported by the participants who were living in a host country. The results of this study suggest that in order to have a successful international sojourn experience, prior to their departure, both visiting scholars and their accompanying family members should have a certain level of cultural competence and linguistic proficiency of the language of the host country, and be open to new life experiences and challenges that they will encounter abroad.

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Davis-Wiley, P., & Cho, S. (2018). International Sojourning in the U.S.: Perceptions from Children of a Visiting Scholar. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 6(6), 97-106. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.Vol6.Iss6.1073
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