ERIC Number: ED268431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Needs and Perceptions of Female and Male International Undergraduate Students. Research Report #10-84.
Manese, Jeanne E.; And Others
The number of international students on college campuses is increasing rapidly. It has been projected that as many as one million such students will be attending United States colleges and universities by the turn of the century. Most research on international students has been descriptive, has focused on problem areas, and has studied these students in general. This study explores differences in the needs and perceptions between male and female international undergraduate students. Incoming international undergraduate students (N=96) attending a required fall orientation at the University of Maryland, College Park, completed a questionnaire on their background, perceptions, and needs. Subjects included students from Asia (54%), the Middle East (20%), Europe (10%), Latin America (5%), Africa (4%), and other (6%). To investigate sex differences, 43 items related to perceptions and 25 items related to career and academic needs were analyzed using multivariate analysis. The results revealed that females expected to have a harder time than most students at the university and that they were more easily discouraged than were males. Males were more likely than females to see themselves as leaders and males also viewed themselves as acting more strongly on things they believed in than females. Females expressed a greater need to talk to a counselor for career planning, and indicated greater needs for improving note taking and classroom speaking than males. These results have implications for both program planning and research concerning international students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Note: For related document, see CG 018 980.