Alienation as a function of participation in college activities among selected international students
AuthorHuang, Hsiu, 1964-
KeywordsEducation, Bilingual and Multicultural.
Education, Sociology of.
Education, Guidance and Counseling.
AdvisorErickson, Richard L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to identity whether the following variables are related to a sense of alienation among international students: age, sex, marital status, length of time in the United States and in Tucson, the place of residence, the participation in campus activities, and their perception of language ability. Alienation is viewed as a sense of powerlessness, meaninglessness, and social estrangement. The instrument for collecting demographic information and measuring the level of participation and alienation were administered to randomly selected international students at a southwestern university. Responses (185) were analyzed to find out the relationship among variables. The analysis identified that the more international students participated in campus activities, the less they felt alienated. Asian students had higher alienation scores than non-Asian students. The results suggest that the needs of different groups among international students should be evaluated separately, especially when designing the language programs. The international students should take the initiative to utilize the resources on campus which could help them adjust to the environment easier.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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