On SAGE Insight: International Students Learn About Race and Racism While Pursuing Higher Education in the USA

Article title: Learning Race and Racism While Learning: Experiences of International Students Pursuing Higher Education in the Midwestern United States

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The United States is a leading destination for international students seeking to study in another country. This qualitative study explored how international students learned about U.S. concepts of race and racism and how such concepts shaped their college experiences.  The participating international college students learned about U.S. concepts of race and racism through media, relationships, formal education, and lived experiences. They defined these concepts in varying ways and had varying racial ideologies. Possible ways to improve cross-cultural and interracial exchanges include offering and promoting formal courses that deal with race and racism in the United States, as highlighted by participants. These courses could be recommended by academic advisors and international student officers as a way of acclimating international students to U.S. cultural norms.

Abstract

Researchers have documented how race and racism influence the college experiences of U.S. citizens. However, research on the ways that race and racism affect international students warrants similar attention. This qualitative study explored how international students learned about U.S. concepts of race and racism and how such concepts shaped their college experiences. The participating international college students learned about U.S. concepts of race and racism through media, relationships, formal education, and lived experiences. They defined these concepts in varying ways and had varying racial ideologies.

 

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Learning Race and Racism While Learning: Experiences of International Students Pursuing Higher Education in the Midwestern United States
Donald Mitchell, Tiffany Steele, Jakia Marie, …
First Published July 14, 2017
From AERA Open
DOI: 10.1177/2332858417720402

     
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