Education abroad generally has no overarching curriculum outside the formal study component. This paper presents the Reflective Inquiry Protocol for Surfacing Significant Learning (RIPSSL), a new approach for understanding and articulating significant learning from education abroad. Tests of RIPSSL show education abroad students use it to move beyond “it was great” when considering learning from their experiences. Our findings are important for educators and students as they work to recognize and articulate the value of education abroad. RIPSSL provides a reflective educational approach to evidence learning from life experiences by surfacing students’ significant learning in their own words.
Significant Learning, International Study, Meaning-Making, Mind Mapping, Reflective Prompt Questions, Case Study
We thank the students who participated in the trial of our interview protocol.
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Reid, A., Slade, C., & Rowland, S. L. (2020). “RIPSSL”: A New Reflective Inquiry Protocol to Lift the Lid on Students’ Significant Extra-Curricular Learning Outcomes from Study Abroad. The Qualitative Report, 25(7), 1873-1889. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss7/9