Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2006

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Don B. Woodcock

Second Committee Member

Barry Donahue

Third Committee Member

Bobby Jean Cummings


This project is the result of an exploration into the process and product of cross-cultural reentry; that is, reentry into one's country of origin following an extended stay in a host country. The history of reentry training programs in the United States was researched, the process of cross-cultural adjustment was explored, and research involving the identity development of adolescents and the effects of stress on adolescents and adolescent sojourners was reviewed. Following a review of the research in these areas, an extensive five-stage curriculum model for cross-cultural reentry training was designed. The curriculum model includes a complete training outline, a guide for leaders/facilitators, suggested forms and documents for mailed correspondence and in-person training sessions, and activity suggestions for in-person training sessions.