Vandermaas-Peeler publishes research with Caroline Dean '18 and colleagues in Denmark

Two recent publications were a result of Vandermaas-Peeler's semester as a visiting faculty member at DIS, Study Abroad in Scandinavia.

Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement, recently published two articles with colleagues from DIS, Study Abroad in Scandinavia.

The first, entitled I have a better sense of how interconnected the world is”: Student perceptions of learning and global engagement during study abroad,” examined U.S. college students’ perceptions of their engagement and learning after studying abroad for a semester in Denmark. The paper was published in Frontiers, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, with co-authors Jennifer Duncan-Bendix and Maja Sbahi Biehl.

The second paper, “Parents’ beliefs about young children’s play and nature experiences in Danish and US contexts,” was recently published in the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. This paper was co-authored by Caroline Dean ’18, a recent alumna of the Honors Program and now a graduate student in Elon’s Masters of Higher Education program, Anna Mellman, a DIS alumnus and Bowdoin graduate, and Maja Sbahi Biehl, faculty member at DIS. The paper included the results of two studies conducted in the U.S. and Denmark on parents’ beliefs about the importance of play and nature experiences for early childhood development.

These publications resulted from Vandermaas-Peeler’s semester-long visiting faculty appointment at DIS in Spring 2016.