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ERIC Number: EJ1144972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-346X
An Econometrics Analysis on the Effect of Satisfaction for Foreign Graduate Students' Academic Performance in Taiwan
Shih, Cheng Ping; Tillett, Denroy; Lawrence, Nadine
Journal of Learning in Higher Education, v8 n2 p19-29 Fall 2012
Taiwan has proven and continues to prove its economic prowess as a fast and well developed nation. One theory to account for this accomplishment is its continued success in developing its best natural resource--its people--through education. A continuum of this practice is the implementation of Higher Education and then International Higher Education. Since early 1990s, foreign students have been studying in Taiwan obtaining degrees in various academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels. However, a foreign student, like any other expatriate, may have problems adjusting to a new country. Therefore, this study examines the factors that cause foreign students' satisfaction or dissatisfaction in adapting and adjusting to life in Taiwan and how those factors may further affect their academic performance. The research method used for data collection is a quantitative case study using the Student Satisfaction Questionnaire that was developed and piloted by the researchers. The population is ICDF higher education students who have been studying for at least one year in Taiwan and are doing courses in English. The response rate was 73.1%. The results indicate that a majority of the international students are satisfied (M = 3.63, SD = 0.66) where 60.5% could be described satisfied to very satisfied and only 7% as dissatisfied. Students' nationalities, age and gender have no statistical significance to their performance. The main findings of this research should assist ICDF, the education institutions, and the Ministry of Education in making the transition and life of foreign students smoother. It may also assist future foreign students in preparation for adjusting and adapting to Taiwan. Finally, the study offers recommendations for all the parties involved and the researchers provide suggestions for future research that could aid in learning about the lives of foreign students in Taiwan.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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