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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Nov. 11, 2016

    Students invited to explore childhood thought, study abroad in London

    By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

    Psychology professors at Northwest Missouri State University will offer an opportunity to travel to London and study abroad next spring while studying childhood imagination and creativity.

    Elizabeth Dimmitt, senior instructor of psychology, and Dr. Keely Cline, assistant professor of psychology, will lead the trip May 7-15.

    Dimmitt and Cline share a passion for early childhood development, children’s literature and travel. Offering the program brings their interests together as a meaningful experience for students.

    “We believe that international travel in general is potentially transformative since it broadens our experiences and our perspectives,” Cline said. “Students participating in this program will also be offered a unique opportunity to examine the topics of childhood imagination, creativity, magical thinking and conceptualizations of childhood through various resources and travel to London.”

    Interested students must enroll in Psychology of Childhood Imagination, Creativity and Magical Thinking, or the advanced graduate-level equivalent. The course is a study of childhood thought, focused on the concepts of magical thinking, imagination and creativity. A minimum 2.5 grade-point average is required.

    Coursework prior to the study abroad experience will have students considering evolving views of childhood and development within cultural and temporal settings in addition to examining research literature about the topic. Students also will read “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie and explore ideas portrayed in the famed story about the boy who refused to grow up.

    In London, students will visit destinations and experiences relevant to Barrie’s writing of “Peter Pan” and other creative thinking. The tentative itinerary includes visits to Kensington Gardens, Great Ormond Street Hospital, British Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood, Foundling Museum, Westminster Abbey and Stonehenge as well as a guest lecture and bus tour of London.

    The study abroad package also includes international airfare, seven nights at the London Lodge Hotel, daily breakfast, special welcome and farewell dinners, transportation, culture experiences and field trips with bilingual guides, entrance fees and reservations, academic and professional excursions, a coordinator to accompany the group during all planned visits, orientation and city maps.

    Registration is open until Thursday, Dec. 1, and accessible by clicking here. A $200 deposit is due upon acceptance. Total cost is $4,215, which does not include the cost of tuition.

    For more information, contact Dimmitt at or Cline at

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468