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ERIC Number: EJ1160769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
Troubling Metaphors and International Student Adjustment: Reflections from a Transnational Place
Starr-Glass, David
Journal of International Students, v7 n4 p1126-1134 2017
On many campuses, offices of International Student Affairs address the perceived needs of international students. However, a number of underlying assumptions and persistent metaphors shape these efforts and influence their outcomes. All students are uniquely different and face equally different challenges in adjusting to higher education. Labeling students "international" may make institutional sense, but it can potentially hinder their transition, adjustment, and ultimate success. Applying restrictive labels can perpetuate stereotypes, reinforce institutional silos, and potentially fracture international students from the rest of the student body. This article reflects on how students--irrespective of national origins--are viewed and assisted in a transnational setting that includes more than 70% of students who might, in other contexts, be classified as "international."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic
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