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Semantic Networks of Student Journals


Snejana Slantcheva-Durst

The University of Toledo, Toledo, USA, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The present study applies semantic network analysis – an innovative method of analysis in educational research – to student journals with the aim to capture the major effects of short-term international study on students. Sixty-four students from the United States followed group-organized educational trips to either Europe or China for three weeks. Their daily journals were intended to capture all their experiences during these trips. Semantic network analysis explored meaning embedded in the text of the students’ journals and identified central concepts and linguistic associations. While there were differences in experiences amongst the students based on destination of travel, race/ethnicity, age, and academic strength, gains in awareness emerged as the core learning outcome for all students.

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Keywords: semantic networks, student journals, short-term international study trips, study abroad, graduate students

Citation: Slantcheva-Durst, S. (2018) Semantic Networks of Student Journals. Journal of Pedagogy and Educational Management 2, pp. 27-38