ERIC Number: ED249141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Dynamics of International Host Families. AFS Research Reports, No. 27.
Grove, Cornelius Lee
The dynamics of hosting foreign exchange students were studied by means of a longitudinal documentation of the experiences and feelings of 15 U.S. families before, during, and after the 10 months when they hosted an American Field Service (AFS) exchange student. Data were gathered by means of semistructured, open-ended, audio-taped interviews conducted by a single interviewer in each family's home. Most families were interviewed seven times. Families interviewed represented the range of social, economic, and geographic backgrounds of AFS host families. Three general types of host families were identified: those who had a uniformly positive hosting experience, those who experienced periods of conflict which were ultimately resolved successfully, and those whose overall experience was unsatisfactory. Findings indicated that a successful host experience was directly related to positive personality factors rather than cultural factors, positive student-host sibling relationships rather than student-host parent relationships, exchange student willingness to become involved in host family activities, and infrequency of telephone contact with the exchange student's natural parents. Detailed summaries of three case studies and graphs illustrating interview findings are provided. (LP)
Descriptors: Cultural Exchange, Educational Research, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Family Involvement, Foreign Students, Group Dynamics, High School Students, International Educational Exchange, Longitudinal Studies, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Social Experience, Student Characteristics, Student Exchange Programs, Student Experience, Success
Research Department, AFS International, 313 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.