International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

“Keep Calm and Carry On”: The Challenges of International Field-based Practice and Research for Graduate Students of Educational Leadership
Pauline P. Stonehouse, Susan J. Splichal

This qualitative study explores the challenges of an inaugural short-term study abroad program in the United Kingdom for American doctoral students of Educational Leadership. Findings, interpreted from an action learning perspective, demonstrate the opportunities for faculty seeking to expand perspectives of school leaders by visiting systems in other countries. Interviews with program participants were coded to reveal a complex interplay of factors impacting professional and academic growth. The results offer support for international programs to promote individual, group, and organizational learning.

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