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ERIC Number: ED569047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 98
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-7540-3
Sub-Saharan African Students and Their Experiences in American Higher Education
Osikomaiya, Olujide
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
The purpose of this research project is to study the experiences of Sub-Saharan African students, who have earned professional degrees from American institutions and are currently living in the United States. Acculturative stressors have been identified by researchers as predictors of loneliness, depression, homesickness, and poor mental health among international students and in Sub-Saharan African students. Although academic research by scholars has shown a negative impact of acculturative stressors on international students in the US, there has been limited research on how African immigrants have succeeded in the American society. This topic was explored qualitatively through interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), which is an appropriate method of inquiry to understand how Sub-Saharan Africans have been shaped by their experiences in U.S. graduate schools and in their post graduate careers. The research found that American-style education had a transformative impact on Sub-Saharan African students who have graduated from U.S. universities and who now live in the US as citizens. They were able to navigate their school and work environments successfully by understanding the implications of racial attitudes and in effect developed coping skills that allowed for growth and increased opportunities in the country. [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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