African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon
By: Julius A. Amin (author)Hardback
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Based on previously unused primary sources including extensive interviews in Cameroon, personal journals, diaries, responses to questionnaires, and a variety of secondary sources, this study is a critical analysis of US study abroad programs in Africa. Using the University of Dayton Cameroon Immersion program as a case study, the work examines different aspects of experiential learning including selection, orientation, activities of US college students in Cameroon, post-immersion meetings, and impact of program. The nation of Cameroon and University of Dayton are uniquely ideal for the study as Cameroon is considered "Africa in miniature" and serves as a window to understanding many of Africa's political, economic, cultural, and social complexities. Located in the American Midwest, the University of Dayton, while unique, shares many similarities with other American universities. The study expands the boundaries of scholarship on study abroad. By comparing the impact of the African experience on students to that of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in that continent, the study opens up avenues for comparative analyses.
Africa is vital to the global community and, with its complex political, economic, cultural, and social systems, offers important lessons to understanding students' ability to adapt to change in a rapidly changing global environment.
Julius A. Amin is professor of history at the University of Dayton.
Chapter One: Introduction: Setting the Context Chapter Two: Antecedents of Cameroon Immersion Chapter Three: Paul Biya's Cameroon: Overview, Debacles, and Attractions Chapter Four: Recruitment, In-Country Preparation, and Orientation Chapter Five: Cameroon! Here We Come Chapter Six: Living in Cameroon Chapter Seven: Confronting Race, Elitism, and Privilege in Cameroon Chapter Eight: Cameroonians Evaluate Immersion Chapter Nine: Making a Difference Chapter Ten: Conclusion Appendix I:Names and countries of Immersion participants (excluding Cameroon) from 1982-2001 Appendix II: Immersion participants and years in Cameroon, 1995-2014 Appendix III: Questionnaire sent to former Cameroon Immersion Participants
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