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Title: An investigation into the attitudes of international school students towards their host culture and environment.
Author: Mackenzie, Glenda
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 1997
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In this original piece of research the researcher investigated student attitudes towards their host culture and environment and then attempted to isolate the factors which most influenced these attitudes. It was conducted in an international school in Beijing, China and focused on middle school students and a random cross-section of teachers from the school. The researcher adopted both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the inquiry by using structured questionnaires along with unstructured interviews and observation to elicit information. It was revealed that international students suffer instability and uncertainty in their lives and often operate under a great amount of stress which influences their feelings about their surrounding environment. Although positive and negative attitudes were fairly evenly divided, it appears that as China becomes more Western the more positive student attitudes have become. The students surveyed had very limited contact with a cross-section of the local population and were generally ill prepared for living in their new and very different environment. Their attitudes tended to be influenced most by their parents and the conditions and familiarity of their adopted ‘home’ environment. Other influential factors included their peers, the reaction of the Chinese people towards them and teachers at the school. Flexible teachers using teaching strategies aimed at developing more informed and positive attitudes in their students were seen as playing an important role. The goal of developing more positive student attitudes towards their hosts has wider implications for the aims of international education and thus the design of curricula and effective teaching strategies to achieve them and certainly merits greater in depth research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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