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ERIC Number: EJ879408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Studying Overseas: Mainland Chinese Students in Singapore
Dimmock, Clive; Leong, Jason Ong Soon
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v40 n1 p25-42 Jan 2010
This paper reports a study aimed at developing a substantive theory on the perspectives of Mainland Chinese studying in Singaporean universities. The study was guided by two research questions: (1) Why do university students from Mainland China choose to study in Singapore? and (2) How do Mainland Chinese university students manage the experience of studying in Singapore, a different cultural environment? A grounded theory approach was adopted and the so-called theory of "selective pragmatism" was generated. The theory suggests that Mainland Chinese students at Singaporean universities can be classified into three "types"--the "intellectuals", the "opportunists" and the "loyalists"--according to how they individually exercise choices and decisions based on four categories--push forces in regard to China, pull forces in regard to Singapore; individual resilience in coping and adapting to life overseas; and future career intentions. Common to all, however, is pragmatism, which is selectively exercised in different ways, thereby distinguishing the three types. (Contains 1 note 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: China; Singapore