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Journal of International Students, v4 n2 p164-176 2014

The purpose of this article is to use a facet theory research approach to provide a clear, coherent, and integrated model of international students' experiences based upon the findings of psychological research into students when studying abroad. In research that employs a facet theory approach events are classified in terms of their constituent parts or facets and the sub-elements of facets. The specification of facets serves to allow accumulative knowledge and theory construction. A model is proposed in the form of a mapping sentence with three background facets and four content facets. How the mapping sentence forms a flexible template for designing, conducting and analyzing research into international students' experiences is discussed, as is the potential in using facet theory to develop a cumulative body of knowledge about this student group.

Descriptors: Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Educational Experience, Classification, Concept Mapping, Models, Acculturation, Aggression, Culture Conflict, Second Language Learning, Racial Discrimination, Stereotypes, Social Bias, Definitions, Sentences, Social Theories, Student Adjustment, Social Science Research, Research Design

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Author: Hackett, Paul M. W.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=73&id=EJ1054801

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