Exploring and Leveraging Chinese International Students’ Strengths for Success

Authors

  • Ye He University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States
  • Bryant Hutson University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.153

Keywords:

appreciative education, higher education, international students

Abstract

This study used an Appreciative Education framework to explore the strengths of Chinese international students and to identify areas where support is needed during their transition to U.S. higher education settings. Using a convergent mixed methods design with data collected from surveys, interviews and focus groups, the complex nature of the transition process was explored. While commitment and motivation, as well as familial support, were identified as strengths based on survey data, interview and focus group data revealed additional strengths and how students leverage these strengths to support their transition. The findings led to insights and recommendations for higher education professionals working with Chinese international students specifically and offered approaches to better understand and support international students in general.

Author Biographies

Ye He, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States

YE HE, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the promotion of strengths-based, community-engaged culturally responsive practices in education. 

Bryant Hutson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

BRYANT HUTSON, PhD, is Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on academic advising, student success and retention programming, and the use of assessments to enhance the quality of student success efforts. 

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Published

2018-01-01

How to Cite

He, Y., & Hutson, B. (2018). Exploring and Leveraging Chinese International Students’ Strengths for Success. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 87–108. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.153

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Research Articles