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ERIC Number: ED563134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 132
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-0370-2
A Study of International Undergraduate Students Taking Online Courses: Group and Organizational Socialization Theory and Sense of Belonging
Adams, Jacob Lyle
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Utah
Purpose: This study sought to (1) identify and describe the experiences of international students participating in U.S. cohort- and text-based asynchronous online courses and to 2) analyze perceptions of belonging/isolation within online environments through group and organizational socialization theory. Research Methods: Data from interviews with international undergraduate students were collected at a U.S. institution of higher education offering asynchronous online courses. Targeted sampling methods were used to seek a broad sample within a greater university international student population base by time of participation in an online course, gender, and major. Discussion board asynchronous communication text was reviewed after the interviews were conducted to better understand the context of the interview data and to inform the ongoing analysis process. The data were analyzed by determining open and axial codes that emerged as categories, themes, and findings. Implications for Research and Practice: This study helps curriculum designers, teachers, administrators, and policy decision makers better understand and appreciate the implications of an expanding enrollment of international undergraduate students within U.S. based online courses. [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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