ERIC Number: ED353887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Adjustment Difficulties of American Students in Israeli Institutions of Higher Learning.
Halpern, Jacob I.; Hodinko, Bernard A.
This paper examines the extent to which American undergraduate students find problems adjusting to study in Israeli colleges, universities, and yeshivot with respect to the Hebrew language, academic matters, personal situations, and living arrangements. The study asked 671 undergraduate American students studying in Israel how difficult it was for them to make 53 specific school-related adjustments. It was found that, among the four problem areas considered, living arrangements posed the most serious and most frequent adjustment difficulties. The other areas, in descending order of seriousness, were the Hebrew language, academic matters, and personal situations. Living arrangement problems included lack of phone facilities (the most serious adjustment difficulty reported), lack of adequate facilities to prepare food, mobility problems on the Sabbath, problems concerning laundry facilities, and lack of privacy. Writing term papers and speaking Hebrew were the most serious difficulties in using the language; secretarial services and finding academic resources were among the academic problems frequently mentioned; and relating to Israeli students was the most formidable personal adjustment problem. The paper recommends that high school advisors in America and counselors of students planning to go to Israel for postgraduate study provide an orientation program addressing these problems and helping students develop strategies for dealing with them. Contains a 16-item bibliography. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Israel