ERIC Number: ED416519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-22
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Studying in America: Assessing How Uncertainty Reduction and Communication Satisfaction Influence International Students' Adjustment to U.S. Campus Life.
Dillon, Randy K.; Swann, Janet S.
An exploratory study sought to gain more information about the initial interactions of newly arrived international students on United States campuses--how new international students described their feelings of uncertainty before leaving their home countries and how these uncertainties impacted their interpretations of their initial interactions. Subjects were six international students enrolled full-time at a medium-sized university in the midwestern United States (three from Thailand, two from Indonesia, and one from Malaysia). Subjects completed a demographic questionnaire, an instrument to determine individualistic and collectivist tendencies, and were interviewed in-depth. Results indicated that after choosing the best country, geographic location, and institution for their study, students considered their most important uncertainties to be about the competency of their English language skills and the trials of making friends with Americans. Participants indicated that, although pre-arrival materials and post-arrival activities and orientation services were important, the level of their English skills dictated the degree of uncertainty reduction and communication satisfaction that took place. With increased knowledge, universities may be better able to develop the information sent to prospective international students and offer them a higher degree of support after their arrival in the United States. (Contains 26 references; appendixes contain the questionnaire, interview questions, and a table of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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