ERIC Number: EJ1121839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Japanese Students' Academic and Social Experiences at a Predominantly White University in the United States
Sato, Takahiro; Hodge, Samuel R.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v8 n1 p93-114 Jun 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore Japanese students' views about their academic and social experiences at majority White university in the United States (US). The six participants were Japanese undergraduate students (4 males, 2 females) with various academic majors. This descriptive qualitative study was situated in the concept of an academic Soujourner (Sato & Hodge, 2009; Siu, 1952). The primary data sources were a demographic survey and interviews. The demographic data were analyzed descriptively (Gravetter & Wallnau, 1996). The interview data were analyzed by constant comparative method (Merriam, 1998) and uncovered the recurrent themes: (a) differences exacerbate difficulties, (b) unwelcomed outsider, and (c) shifting attitudes. The participants' cultural and linguistic differences exacerbated their academic and social difficulties. They were marginalized, which led to negative attitude shift against White peers. Implications and recommendations for improving the experiences of Asian international students at US college and universities are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Asians, Student Experience, Social Experience, Undergraduate Students, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, Cultural Differences, Negative Attitudes, Attitude Change, Student Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, State Universities, White Students
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