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ERIC Number: EJ782651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Theoretical Models of Culture Shock and Adaptation in International Students in Higher Education
Zhou, Yuefang; Jindal-Snape, Divya; Topping, Keith; Todman, John
Studies in Higher Education, v33 n1 p63-75 Feb 2008
Theoretical concepts of culture shock and adaptation are reviewed, as applied to the pedagogical adaptation of student sojourners in an unfamiliar culture. The historical development of "traditional" theories of culture shock led to the emergence of contemporary theoretical approaches, such as "culture learning", "stress and coping" and "social identification". These approaches can be accommodated within a broad theoretical framework based on the affective, behavioural and cognitive (ABC) aspects of shock and adaptation. This "cultural synergy" framework offers a more comprehensive understanding of the processes involved. Implications for future research, policy and practice are explored. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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