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ERIC Number: EJ860727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Patterns of Adaptation of Chinese Postgraduate Students in the United Kingdom
Zhou, Yuefang; Todman, John
Journal of Studies in International Education, v13 n4 p467-486 2009
International students coming to the United Kingdom have to adapt to academic cultural differences as well as general cultural differences. Questionnaires were administered to 257 Chinese postgraduate students on anticipated and actually experienced difficulties and on perceived differences between Chinese and U.K. academic cultures before departure, soon after arrival, and about 6 months after arrival. Some participants (n = 45) responded to questionnaires at three stages; others responded at just one or two stages. A sample of the 45 students (n = 28) were interviewed about their pre-departure expectations and post-arrival experiences. Patterns of adaptation over time differed in relation to general life, social life, and study life. A major finding was the different patterns of specifically academic adaptation of students who came in groups and those who came individually. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom