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ERIC Number: ED464560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 125
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Cultural Adjustment of Foreign Students in an Institution of Higher Education.
Udoh, Bridget Oscar
Foreign students frequently encounter problems adjusting to new social environments while attending institutions of higher education. The purpose of this study was to describe the level of social difficulty experienced by foreign students from different regions of the world while studying in the United States. The target population for this study consisted of 748 undergraduate foreign students enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the spring of 2000. The accessible population was all students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL). The sample consisted of 178 of such students enrolled in English 1004 and 1005 (ESL) classes during the spring 2000 semester. The number of actual participants was 105, which represented 59% of the sample. The instrument used in this study was a Social Situation Questionnaire (SSQ) adapted by S. Bochner (1982). The study revealed a "model" to help explain the social difficulty experienced by foreign students at LSU. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine this model. Variables that made significant contributions to the model included: (1) whether or not the student was Asian; (2) whether or not the student was a senior; (3) length of stay in the United States; and (4) age. It is concluded that undergraduate foreign students at LSU experience low levels of social difficulty. The refinement of the model is recommended. Four appendixes contain a classification of the countries of origin of these students, items from the SSQ, the SSQ, and the participation consent form. (Contains 38 tables and 138 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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