Utilizing the Semantic Differential to Determine the Effects of a Cross-Cultural Experience


  • Edward L. Pizzini

  • Edward L. Pizzini (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.


ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a cross-cultural experience on the development of student attitudes and to identify the instrument scales which reflect shift in the Semantic Differential. Sixteen participants were involved in this study utilizing a one group, pretest-posttest design. The statistical treatment for the data was the Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed Ranks Test and the t-tests for related samples. The treatment consisted of a five-week field experience emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to observing and studying Mexico.