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The Effects of Continental Background, Language Proficiency and Length of Stay on Social Adjustment Experience of International Students in Northern China (English version)

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  • Ajibike Omolola LAWANI

    () (Northeast Normal University, Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Changchun, CHINA)

  • Xiaosong GAI

    () (Northeast Normal University, Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Changchun, CHINA)

  • Ayotunde TITILAYO

    () (Obafemi Awolowo University, Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Ile-Ife, NIGERIA)

Abstract

This study examined the prevailing circumstances on the adjustment experience of migrant students in Northern China, as related to the effect of continental affiliation, Chinese language proficiency and length of stay on the social adjustment experience of international students. The Social Adjustment Scale of Taft and Johnston, 1965 and Language proficiency Descriptors of Brian North, 1994 were adapted to elicit information from 254 students from Europe, Americas,Africa and Asia. The respondents were chosen from two oldest and notable university from Changchun city, the provincial capital of Jilin, Northeast China; Jilin University and Northeast Normal University. The study revealed that there is a significant effect of Chinese language proficiency on social adjustment experience of international students (X2 = 0.001, df=4, p 0.05) on the adjustment experience of international students, however, students from South America and Africa had the least adjustment experience when compared to students from other continents, this was revealed when the mean and standard deviations were compared. Finally the study also revealed that duration of stay had no significant effect on the adjustment experience of international students (X2 = 0.34, DF = 8, p>0.05).

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  • Ajibike Omolola LAWANI & Xiaosong GAI & Ayotunde TITILAYO, 2012. "The Effects of Continental Background, Language Proficiency and Length of Stay on Social Adjustment Experience of International Students in Northern China (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 37, pages 91-106, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:37:y:2012:i::p:91-106
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    adjustment; length of stay; continental affiliation; language proficiency; international students;

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    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other

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