ERIC Number: ED402750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-9
"They're All Alike to Me": Student Acceptance of Foreign Students.
Mehta, Sheila; And Others
A study investigated college students' (n=207) attitudes toward foreign students. Subjects read a job summary of a student applicant and evaluated the candidate for job success potential, likability, and likelihood of personal adjustment. They were then given an opportunity to volunteer or decline to offer various degrees of hospitality to the candidate. Sex and qualifications of the candidates were held constant; the only variable was national origin: Africa; East (China or India); or West (France or United States). The American students rated students from Africa lower on likability and personal adjustment than they did candidates from the West. No differences were found on job success and hospitality measures. Gender and ethnicity of the evaluators proved to be important factors. Implications for immigrants, international students, and various social psychological theories of prejudice are discussed. Contains 37 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9, 1996).