ERIC Number: ED278828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Readjustment and Life Satisfaction of International Students in Agriculture Returning Home to a Developing Country.
Dreisbach, Peter B.; And Others
A study was conducted to identify and compare anticipated life satisfaction and readjustment as perceived by bachelor and graduate degree-level international students returning to developing countries after studying agriculture in the United States with actual life satisfaction and readjustment as perceived by students with similar backgrounds who had already returned home to a developing country. Following a literature review, survey instruments were developed and mailed to a sample of 1,049 international agricultural students (603 pre-departure students and 446 post-departure students). The survey asked for background information, life satisfaction, social and cultural readjustment, professional and educational readjustment, and national and political readjustment. Sixty-five percent of the pre-departure students and 26 percent of post-departure students responded to the questionnaire. Some of the conclusions drawn from the study's findings are as follows: (1) life satisfaction was greater for single, pre-departure, Spanish-speaking students from Central America supported by themselves, their families, or their home government; (2) international students with an official English language background had greater social and cultural readjustment than those from either a Spanish or French language background; (3) international students sponsored by the Agency for International Development, with a French language background and with only a bachelor's degree, had greater professional and educational readjustment than others. The study recommended that international students in agriculture be given the results of the study and that those with potential readjustment problems be given counseling. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Dallas, TX, December 5-9, 1986).