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ERIC Number: ED561632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 197
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-2673-5
From 6 to 163: The Chinese International Student Experience in a Time of Increased Enrollment at a University of California Campus
Ramos, Adrian
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
At UCSB the number of degree seeking undergraduate Chinese international students increased from 6 to 163 between 2010 and 2012. With such a controversial and much discussed topic of international student enrollment at U.S universities, this was the perfect time for me to interview Chinese international students. With the help of Kathy Charmaz' (2006) descriptive book on how to use grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1965) and a computer based software AntConc 3.2 created by professor Laurence Anthony, I used a quantitative interview method to analyze my interviews with twelve undergraduate and graduate students. The interviews revealed that these students had highly educated parents with the intentions of sending their students abroad from an early age. This in combination with the collectivist conservative culture and the concept of filial piety (Deutsch, 2004) create hard working students with a drive to attend prestigious universities for academic, cultural, and social reasons. As previous research has shown, Chinese international students focus on academics first and then leisure (Li & Stodolska, 2006) with challenges both academic and social. The UCSB academic and social culture is unique (e.g. acceptance of sports and fitness), thus creating both a unique lifestyle and experience for Chinese students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California