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ERIC Number: EJ1060045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
A Phenomenological Study on International Doctoral Students' Acculturation Experiences at a U.S. University
Campbell, Throy A.
Journal of International Students, v5 n3 p285-299 Jul-Aug 2015
A phenomenological method was used to analyze ten international doctoral students' description of their lived experiences at a United States (U.S.) university. The analysis was based on the theoretical premise of how students acculturate to their new educational settings. Three broad overlapping themes emerged: (1) participants' past experiences that influenced their desire to study in the U.S.; (2) participants' interactions within academic and non-academic settings; and (3) the role of family relationships during their studies within the U.S. The study revealed that the students: were optimistic about the societal opportunities from studying in the U.S., were appreciative of their interaction with instructors, had inadequate relationship with supervising professors, participated in limited social activity outside of academic settings, and made adjustment to family relationships.
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Doctoral Programs, Student Experience, Foreign Students, Acculturation, Educational Environment, Study Abroad, Prior Learning, Interaction, Family Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Interpersonal Relationship, Participant Characteristics, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Socialization, Family Role, Qualitative Research
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