ERIC Number: ED368315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Assumptions of African-American Students about International Education Exchange.
Fels, Michael D.
This study attempted to identify and compare some of the assumptions concerning international education exchange of first, the international education exchange community, and, second, the African-American student community. The study reviewed materials from published institutional literature for the assumptions held by the international education exchange community, and conducted a series of tape recorded interviews with eight African American students attending California State University (Los Angeles) to identify their assumptions concerning international educational exchange. Analysis of the data suggested that there may be a disproportionate cost paid by inner-city African-American students who study on campuses with an "international" focus. Students interviewed expressed the following attitudes: that new strains of racism and class prejudice are imported to their campus by foreign students; that foreign students shun, avoid and are afraid of African Americans; that, overall, there is no benefit to having foreign students on campus; and that, foreign students sap and divert institutional resources, take up needed classroom seats and contribute to an already tense racial environment. In addition, these Black students assumed they would be treated as objects of fear abroad and that institutional efforts keep them ignorant of opportunities for study abroad. (Contains 15 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; California State University Los Angeles
Note: Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Convention (Miami, FL, November 20, 1993).