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ERIC Number: ED165183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Communication in Acculturation of Foreign Students.
Kapoor, Suraj; Smith, Ralph
To determine the role of communication channels, particularly mass media, in the socialization of foreign college students, a study was devised whereby foreign students from three central Illinois universities responded to a 27-item questionniare on American values. The questionnaire called for agree/disagree responses on such topics as the individual's perception of American values, channels of mass and interpersonal communication, credible sources of information, and social pressures (if any) that influenced conformity to American values. Analysis of the questionnaire data indicated the following: mass media, particularly television and books, played a significant role in foreign students' perceptions of American values; foreign students who regarded their friends as credible sources of information perceived American values more accurately; television (a mass media channel) and teachers (an interpersonal channel) were the major internalizing forces; and direct contact with American friends contributed to a positive image of America, while isolation from American contacts resulted in negative evaluations of the country. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)