ERIC Number: ED358800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
The Impact of International Education upon United States Students in Comparative Perspective.
Sharma, Madhav P.; Mulka, John S.
This study evaluated international attitudes of American students from six U.S. universities as related to number of semesters on campus, campus density of international students, and university involvement in international education programs, especially study abroad programs. An instrument was developed which evaluated student attitudes in seven areas including cultural pluralism, worldmindedness, international career aspirations, and political liberalism. The 42-item questionnaire was distributed to 2,400 students, with a response rate of 45% (N=1,065). Major findings indicated that students who spent one to five semesters on campus exhibited more cultural acceptance, were more world minded, had more international career aspirations, demonstrated a greater understanding of U.S. culture, and showed higher interest in international activities than did students who spent six or more semesters on campus. Discussion suggests these findings result from the fact that relatively few students participate in study abroad programs and that freshman and sophomore students are more likely to interact with international students and participate in study abroad programs than junior or senior students. Among recommendations are that more students be encouraged to take advantage of study abroad programs, that a mechanism for better integration of international and U.S. students be developed, and that governmental and other organizations continue to financially support the promotion of international educational activities. Contains 14 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Kingston, Jamaica, March 16-19, 1993).