ERIC Number: EJ725574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: 5
A Comparative Study of Performance on a College Student Newspaper: Foreign Versus American Students
Stevenson, Robert Louis; Mufuka, Kenneth
College Student Journal, v39 n2 p316 Jun 2005
This study carried out at Lander University attempts to make a qualitative comparison between the contributions to a student newspaper made by foreign students and American students as well as make some analytical assessments as to the focus and world view brought to bear on the writings in the student paper. It shows that foreign students entering the newspaper internship class at that university were better prepared than their American counterparts in the use of the English language than their American colleagues on the Forum student newspaper. The authors found that American teachers and students sometimes regarded their employment of quaint English usages as lack of mastery of the English language. They assert that foreign student writers were more cognizant of the risks and problems that could arise from politicians hostile to newspaper stories they objected to. They also came to the conclusion that foreign students at Lander University were regarded as the cream of the crop rather than as average students.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Comparative Analysis, School Newspapers, State Universities, Scholastic Journalism, Student Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Maturity (Individuals), Language Proficiency, Grammar, English, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina