A study of international undergraduate students taking online courses: group and organizational socialization theory and sense of belonging/isolation

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Education
Department Education Leadership & Policy
Author Adams, Jacob Lyle
Title A study of international undergraduate students taking online courses: group and organizational socialization theory and sense of belonging/isolation
Date 2013-12
Description Purpose: This study sought to (1) identify and describe the experiences of international students participating in U.S. cohort- and text-based asynchronous online courses and to 2) analyze perceptions of belonging/isolation within online environments through group and organizational socialization theory. Research Methods: Data from interviews with international undergraduate students were collected at a U.S. institution of higher education offering asynchronous online courses. Targeted sampling methods were used to seek a broad sample within a greater university international student population base by time of participation in an online course, gender, and major. Discussion board asynchronous communication text was reviewed after the interviews were conducted to better understand the context of the interview data and to inform the ongoing analysis process. The data were analyzed by determining open and axial codes that emerged as categories, themes, and findings. Implications for Research and Practice: This study helps curriculum designers, teachers, administrators, and policy decision makers better understand and appreciate the implications of an expanding enrollment of international undergraduate students within U.S. based online courses.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject International students; Online education; Socialization theory
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Jacob Lyle Adams 2013
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 598,728 bytes
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Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2014-01-10
Date Modified 2018-07-25
ID 196206
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tx6pj0
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