ERIC Number: EJ864003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Unaccompanied Asian Secondary Students Studying in Canada
Popadiuk, Natalee E.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v31 n4 p229-243 Dec 2009
This research examined the facilitating and hindering events associated with the transition and adjustment of Asian adolescent international students--that is, unaccompanied secondary school students studying abroad. Twenty-one male and female participants attending three urban secondary schools in Western Canada were interviewed using the Critical Incident Method. A total of 352 incidents was used to develop seventeen thematic categories. In this paper, the researcher discusses how transition and adjustment is facilitated or hindered by examining five categories associated with the overriding theme of relationality including: receiving encouragement, appreciating others, being accepted, making friends, and having fun with others. Counselling implications include foreseeability of difficulties, normative case conceptualizations, developing strong relational connections, and vigilance about potential abuse.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Asians, Urban Schools, Interviews, Foreign Students, Student Adjustment, Interpersonal Relationship, Friendship, Psychological Patterns, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada