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ERIC Number: EJ1178963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Predicting U.S. College Students' Interest in Studying in China: Social Influence, Personal Experiences, Country Reputation, and Media Coverage
Yang, Hongwei; Wang, Yingqi
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v30 n2 p136-160 Apr 2018
An online survey of 374 US college students was conducted in April, 2015 to examine whether and how subjective norm, direct and indirect experiences related to China, their perceptions of China (China's country reputation), and media coverage of China influence their interests of studying in China. Statistical results show that their subjective norm, China's reputation, and media coverage of China positively predicted their attitudes toward studying in China (R[superscript 2] = 51.5), whereas their intent to study in China (R[superscript 2] = 35.2) was determined by their attitudes, subjective norm, and China experiences. The study indicates that social influence or normative pressure is a much more important factor to shape their attitudes toward studying in China than their overall perceptions of China and media coverage of China. Social influence is also the second most significant predictor of their intent to study in China. The important theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; China
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