Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University, has crafted an important resource for all professionals in the education abroad field.  I think it’s also quite relevant for anyone working in any aspect of international education – on and off campus.  I’m very pleased that he has included several of my publications under the category of Career Development & Employability. Readers of my blog know that I’ve been writing on this topic for over a decade.

This is from the introduction to his reading list:

In an era of increasing accountability within U.S. higher education, it is strategically important that education abroad professionals not view research and scholarship as a burden or an addition to an already demanding workload. Rather, we must recognize that at a minimum, our professional success is closely tied to our ability to effectively identify, access, and utilize research and scholarship to inform our collective practice.

It is important for education abroad scholar-practitioners to challenge untested claims and avoid casual assumptions about the potential value and impact of education abroad (my emphasis).  The following is a brief list of some of the major knowledge areas within contemporary education abroad scholarship and a listing of books, book chapters and/or articles that provide foundational reading within each area. Familiarity with this essential reading will provide insight into the existing research and scholarship that informs our practice.


  1. Michele: Thanks for your comment and hello…I suggest that you follow back to Tony Ogden. I’m not sure what you mean by data sets; in relation to EA generally or more specifically, to students with disabilities?

  2. This is very useful to see how the different areas of our field are divided up. I was pleased to see a diversity and under-representation section and disability mentioned in it. Under key references: Is there a repository somewhere in our field that gathers relevant data sets (not just completed research)?

  3. Thank you Marty! I welcome any suggestions and input on the list from you or any of your readers. I hope this will be of use.

  4. This is an excellent resource that Tony has compiled for the field! It’s nice to see your work listed under the Career Development & Employability.knowledge area.

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