Exploring the social interactions between international and Canadian students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Parsons, Carolyn S. (2007) Exploring the social interactions between international and Canadian students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

There are several benefits associated with the social interaction of international and domestic post-secondary students. Social interactions can assist international students with their adjustment to a new environment and can encourage two-way learning about different cultures, global issues and lifestyles. -- This study explored the current state of social interactions between international and domestic students studying at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. In-person interviews were conducted with 16 international students and 12 domestic students to gain a deeper understanding of what social interactions are occurring on campus; what benefits are being realized as a result of social interactions; what students perceive as being potential benefits; what adjustment concerns international and domestic students experience; and whether domestic students have an understanding of the adjustment concerns experienced by international students. -- Social interaction between international and domestic students does appear to be happening at Grenfell, although several domestic students would like to have more interaction. Also, it was identified that although some benefits are being realized, there could be a greater cultural exchange- students feel that there is not a high degree of learning occurring as a result of social interactions.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11208
Item ID: 11208
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 162-169).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2007
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: College environment--Newfoundland and Labrador--Corner Brook; College students--Social networks--Newfoundland and Labrador--Corner Brook; Social interaction in youth--Newfoundland and Labrador--Corner Brook; Students, Foreign--Social networks--Newfound

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