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The Relationship Between The Academic Self-Efficacy And Culture Shock Among Caribbean Overseas College Students Attending Universities In The United States.

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This mixed-method research investigated the relationship between the academic self-efficacy and culture shock of Caribbean overseas university students in the United States. Seventy-two Caribbean overseas students, ranging from ages 18 to 41, completed a demographic form, the College Academic Self-Efficacy Scale, and the Culture Shock Questionnaire (CSQ). The following research questions were investigated for this study: (1) What is the relationship between academic self-efficacy and culture shock in the sample? (2) What is an emerging profile of academic self-efficacy in the sample? (3) What is an emerging profile of culture shock in the sample population? (4) What are the most common factors influencing academic self-efficacy according to the participants? (5) What are the most common factors influencing culture shock according to the participants? Pearson Product Moment Correlation was utilized to assess the relationship between academic self-efficacy and culture shock. Descriptive statistics were also calculated and multiple regression analyses were conducted to assess whether or not the explanatory variables had a significant effect on academic self-efficacy and on culture shock. Data analysis showed a significant linear relationship between academic self-efficacy and culture shock, at an alpha level of .01. However, none of the measured demographic variables had a significant linear relationship with academic self-efficacy, at an alpha level of .05. The number of years a participant had lived in the US has a significant linear relationship with levels of culture shock at an alpha level of .01. However, at an alpha level of .05, a significant linear relationship between the other demographic variables and culture shock was not discovered. A modified grounded theory, thematic approach was utilized to analyze factors influencing academic self-efficacy and culture shock. Educational background, faith and religion, and age were some of the emerging themes reported as affecting academic self-efficacy. Additionally, loneliness, anxiety and depression, and cultural identity differences were some of the emerging themes reported to influence culture shock.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243541604
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 106
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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