ERIC Number: ED347950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-28
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Black South Africans in the United States: An Analysis of Their Educational and Practical Training Experiences.
Crawford, Beth S.; Kreidle, Ann M.
A study was done of the experiences of Black South Africans who came to the United States for education and training. The research studied 140 individuals who participated in two programs between 1980 and 1991. Data were collected from the student files and from standard university data from "Profiles of American Colleges" by Barron's Educational Series. The study focused on three outcomes: personal and academic satisfaction and academic achievement. The results indicated that, in general, satisfaction ratings were high with regressional analysis showing that the less satisfied degree candidates included male students, married students, and those at low-cost universities. Undergraduates preferred a rural location and graduate students preferred warm climates. Female undergraduates demonstrated higher levels of academic achievement, while all graduates performed better in cold climates. Results also indicated that for those obtaining practical experience, a good mentor was the most important factor. A qualitative analysis showed that program participants gained self-confidence and maturity . Degree candidates sensed a coldness from Americans and were surprised to find racism in the United States. Those obtaining practical training recount eye-opening experiences as a result of meeting and observing counterparts. They hope to incorporate these innovative teaching techniques or progressive management styles into their work places back home. Included are five tables and seven appendixes with additional information. (11 references) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: South Africans