ERIC Number: EJ775303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
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Crossing the Distance: Adjustment of Taiwanese Graduate Students in the United States
Swagler, Michelle A.; Ellis, Michael V.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v50 n4 p420-437 Oct 2003
Using qualitative and quantitative methodologies across 3 samples, the authors investigated the cross-cultural adjustment of Taiwanese students attending graduate school in the United States. First, interviews with 25 Taiwanese students regarding their experiences in the United States revealed themes of language barriers, confidence about speaking English, social contact with Taiwanese and Americans, and cultural differences, which included the importance of being independent. Second, the results of a quantitative study (n=67) generally supported the hypotheses that communication apprehension and social contact predicted adaptation, whereas actual English ability did not, and that Taiwanese students identified being independent as important to their functioning in the United States. Third, a focus group with 4 graduate students provided a richer conceptualization of the interactions among the constructs.
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Graduate Students, Focus Groups, English (Second Language), Student Adjustment, Adjustment (to Environment), Foreign Countries, Interviews, Limited English Speaking, Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Language Proficiency
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States