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Chi Sigma Iota Grant Application

Impact of Education Abroad on Cultural Identity & Intercultural Awareness/Privilege Contact Information: Shajuana Isom-Payne

Address: 900 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284 Date of Application Submission: April 29, 2014 CSI Home Chapter of PI: Omega Lamda Iota Description of PIs research preparation:

The PI for this initiative has 10 years prior experience as a counselor, and has recently launched her experience in research development and implementation during the beginning of her PhD coursework. She is a counselor education graduate (college student development) from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003, and serves as a member of the CSIs local Chapter leadership team. Additionally, the PI has over 5 years of direct site supervisor service within college student development, and recently traveled with a faculty development seminar group to study the effects of immigration in Spain and Morocco.

Title of Research/Investigation: Impact of Education Abroad on Cultural Identity & Intercultural Awareness/Privilege project: A study in the effects of a cross-cultural service learning experience on a students professional
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identity during matriculation in a masters level counselor education program. Research Abstract The purpose of this research is to understand the master's level students process of developing professional identity explored through cultural identity awareness as they matriculate through a counselor education program. Pre- and post- surveys of students will be conducted to gain information about cross-cultural service learning project participation organized by Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) leadership. The study will highlight the importance of professional identity development as explored through cultural identity awareness. Cultural awareness is one of the most critical issues facing counselors and counselor educators today. However, there are limited experiences, opportunities or perspectives provided for American counselor education graduate students to explore immersion in cultural experience abroad. Study abroad can create a movement from ethnocentric thinking to a broad perspective and appreciation of diverse customs and values. Exploring cultural issues provides an opportunity for counselor educators to more fully develop cultural competency and effectiveness to counseling diverse client population. These explorations can provide a foundation for further reflection of the counselor education students own cultural identity, a deeper understanding of cultural values, and developing effective counseling strategies that are culturally appropriate.

Description of Research (no more than 1,000 words) Research Problem/Question (preferably 1 sentence) What is the effect of cross-cultural service learning participation on students professional identity explored through cultural identity awareness during
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matriculation in a masters level counselor education program? Literature Review:

Burnett, J. A., Long, L. L., & Horne, H. L. (2005). Service Learning for Counselors: Integrating Education, Training, and the Community. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 44, 158167. Christensen, C. P. (1989). Cross-Cultural Awareness Development: A Conceptual Model. Counselor Ed & Supervision, 28, 270289. Armstrong, G. K. (1984). Life after Study Abroad: A Survey of Undergraduate Academic and Career Choices. The Modern Language Journal, 68, 16. Jurgens, J. C., & McAuliffe, G. (2004). Short-term study-abroad experience in Ireland: An exercise in cross-cultural counseling. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 26(2), 147-161. Canfield, B. S., Low, L., & Hovestadt. A. (2009). Cultural Immersion as a Learning Method for Expanding Intercultural Competencies. Family Journal, 17(4), 318 322. Nelson, K.W., Oliver, M., & Nelson, D.B. (2008). Counselor Education Programs for a Changing World. CEDER Yearbook, 113-125. Boundary Considerations Between Doctoral Students and Masters Students (2006). Counseling & Values, 51(1), 53-65. American Counseling Association. (1995). ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Alexandria, VA: Author. McAuliffe, G. J. (2002). Identifying cultural group memberships: An introductory activity.
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In G. McAuliffe & K. Eriksen (Eds.), Teaching strategies for constructivist and developmental counselor education (pp. 87-91). Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey. Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (2009). Accreditation Standards. Population/participants (with attention given to the intentional inclusion/recruitment of culturally diverse individuals) and how they were/will be recruited Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university located in with students represented from all parts of the United States. Masters students currently enrolled in the Master of Education Counselor Education programs (both school and college student development counselor) will be invited to participate in the research. Summer 2015 participation will be voluntary.

Instrument(s) used The survey instrument for this research will gather both quantitative and qualitative data. The instrument will include statements with Likert scale response choices and openended questions. Survey questions will focus on roles, expectations, and both professional and cultural awareness identity development of professional counselors (both school and college student development counselor), and the adequacy of preparation programs in regard to understanding counselors role in community settings.

Procedure for administration (e.g. setting, role of PI) Initial pre-surveys for the proposed research will be distributed by the PI to all
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students for completion. Once completed, students will be invited to voluntarily participate in the study abroad and the cross-cultural service-learning project. Participants will be contacted by PI to complete IRB- approved informed consent for project participation. Postsurvey data collection will be conducted in the same manner as the baseline survey. The proposed study abroad and service-learning experience will be at international off-campus locations. For example, the service-learning will be held in collaboration with University of Cordoba. Other approved locations will be provided post-award. All participants will be required to complete 4-6 hours of service and present their service reflection at the proposed poster presentations in Fall 2015. The PI will coordinate the study abroad in conjunction with the CSI Chapter faculty advisor. Method(s) for data collection, entry, analysis, and interpretation Data for the proposed research will be collected at baseline and exit points of the research by the PI. Once collected, all data will be entered into a secure data base by the PI. Data will be analyzed using SPSS and SPSS reports will be interpreted by the PI and reported to CSI. If research has already been conducted, please indicate noteworthy results and conclusions. Were these results anticipated? N/A Relevance: Specifically, how does this research and its outcomes address the purpose of this years focus topics of CSI? How will the research promote the CSI strategic plan and
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goals? Evidence that the applicant has read the guidelines and existing materials at csi-net.org is required. Please limit response to 150 words. All activities proposed in the project will support and promote CSIs strategic plan and goals to develop professional identity and leadership among masters level counselor education students through active participation in service learning. Additionally, the activities will foster graduate student self-efficacy, participation in professional organizations (i.e. CSI), and advocacy for the counseling profession. The activities of the project are designed to support CSIs 10 the integration of theory and practice through real world experiences, reflection, and acknowledgement of the students participation in the proposed research. Timeline: CSI does not fund research that has been completed including any already submitted for publication. If research has not already been conducted, proposed timeline for research administration/implementation?

Timeline:
Action Steps Grantee Start Up Activities
Funding is received through CSI Data collection instruments are developed and submitted to IRB for approval Secure SL Sites for Study Abroad

Responsible Persons
Principle Investigator (PI) PI

Completion Dates
January 2015 January 2015

PI

August 2014

Project Marketing

Project Implementation

Conduct pre-test survey with participating Counselor Education Program students Enroll participants in the Project; receive informed consent Service learning Project CSI Fall Initiation Ceremony w/midpoint update of research Student Poster Presentations Conduct post-test surveys; interpret data

PI and members PI

CSI

September 2014; Ongoing December 2014

PI

December 2014

PI; Enrollees PI

May 2015 September 2015

Enrollees PI and Research Consultant (RC) PI

End October 2015 July 2015

Follow-Up Evaluation Participant Recognition Activities

and

Present findings upcoming ACA S A C E S Conference

at or

TBD

Could you attend and participate in CSI poster session on this research if awarded the grant? Yes Itemization of total research expenses: Please provide itemization (i.e. breakdown) of all research expenses. Funds to support project staff are not requested for this proposal. All services provided will be pro bono from the PI and all other proposed staff.

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Supplies: Copy paper for print materials (e.g. surveys, pre- and post-tests) (1 box of HP 8 x 11 paper; 5,000 count) Card stock for print of marketing materials (1 box of Wausau 8 x 11; 500 count) CSI letterhead paper (1 pack; 500 sheets) CSI envelopes (1 pack; 500 envelopes) Ink Pens (1 box of Uni-Bal; 12 per pack) CSI Pencils (3 boxes of #2 pencils; 12 per pack) Printer Cartridges (3 of black & colored HP style 901 @ $20.00 ea) $120.00 $18.00 $25.00 $90.00 $75.00 $90.00 $150.00

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2 drawer, locking file cabinet (HON 310 series) Postage (Estimated 200 letters @ .44 ea) Cost of print of poster to be presented at CSI conference $100.00 Total Supplies $956.00 Justification: All items requested under the supplies category will go to support data collection, security of participant information, creation/development of marketing materials, and official correspondence with community-partners and other supportive agencies for the proposed research. Additional funds are requested for the development of CSI-sponsored Poster Presentation. All items requested are necessary for the implementation of the proposed research project. $88.00 $200.00

Other:

Participant Incentive - Project T-Shirts (Estimated for 10 participants @ $10 ea) $100.00

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Participant Incentive - CSI Coffee Mugs (Estimated members 10 @ $6 ea) Participant Incentive - Certificates of Appreciation (1 packs of 25) Certificate Holders (2 packs of 5 @ $7.00 ea) $14.00 $5.00 $60.00

Total Other $358.00 Justification: All items requested under other will support CSIs Principles of Practices of Leadership and Excellence as defined by Principle 8: Mentoring, Encouragement, and Empowerment; and Principle 9: Recognition of Others. Those participating in the project will receive a project-specific T-Shirt to be worn at all of the projects events. CSI coffee mugs will be presented to community-partners in appreciation of their support. All participants and community-partners will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts. Items requested are necessary for the implementation and completion of the proposed research project.

Total Budget Request: $2,270.00

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Funds requested, were based on current pricing from a national office supply retailer, and the CSI store.

For what specific portion of the research will CSI grant money be used? 100% of CSI grant money will support all phases of the proposed research.

Has other funding for this project been requested and/or obtained? If so, please identify the name of the funding source and the amount requested and/or obtained. No funding has been requested and/or obtained. N/A

Legal and Ethical Guideline for Conduction Research: Has the applicant been made or approval been granted by the primary/principal investigators IRB for conducting research within legal and ethical guidelines? (IRB approval required before CSI funds will be dispensed; please submit a copy of the IRB application or IRB approval form). If not, will this approval be obtained prior to data collection? Application for this research will be submitted to Virginia Commonwealths Universitys Institutional Review Board (IRB) for consideration. IRB approval will be obtained prior to data collection.

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CSI Chapter Faculty Advisors Endorsement: Please include statement from the primary/principal investigators CSI chapter faculty advisor conveying endorsement of this proposed project. Submit the chapter faculty advisors name, telephone number, and e-mail address. Endorsement from Dr. Donna Gibson, CSI Chapter faculty advisor, will be requested to endorse this research and also serves as co-author of this application. Dr. Gibson may be contacted via email or phone. Request for exemption from submission to CSI chapter faculty advisors endorsement (for CSI professional members only). Please provide explanation. N/A

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References Burnett, J. A., Hamel, D., & Long, L. L. (2004). Service learning in graduate counselor education: Developing multicultural counseling competency. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 32, 180-191. Burnett, J. A., Long, L. L., & Horne, H. L. (2005). Service Learning for Counselors: Integrating Education, Training, and the Community. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 44, 158167. Christensen, C. P. (1989). Cross-Cultural Awareness Development: A Conceptual Model. Counselor Ed & Supervision, 28, 270289. Armstrong, G. K. (1984). Life after Study Abroad: A Survey of Undergraduate Academic and Career Choices. The Modern Language Journal, 68, 16. Jurgens, J. C., & McAuliffe, G. (2004). Short-term study-abroad experience in Ireland: An exercise in cross-cultural counseling. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 26(2), 147-161. Canfield, B. S., Low, L., & Hovestadt. A. (2009). Cultural Immersion as a Learning Method for Expanding Intercultural Competencies. Family Journal, 17(4), 318 322. Nelson, K.W., Oliver, M., & Nelson, D.B. (2008). Counselor Education Programs for a Changing World. CEDER Yearbook, 113-125. Boundary Considerations Between Doctoral Students and Masters Students (2006). Counseling & Values, 51(1), 53-65. American Counseling Association. (1995). ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Alexandria, VA: Author.
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McAuliffe, G. J. (2002). Identifying cultural group memberships: An introductory activity. In G. McAuliffe & K. Eriksen (Eds.), Teaching strategies for constructivist and developmental counselor education (pp. 87-91). Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey. Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (2009). Accreditation Standards.

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