Using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Approach to Understand Academic Advising with International Community College Students

  • Yi Leaf Zhang The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
Keywords: academic advising, community college, ecological model, international students, qualitative research

Abstract

This study focuses on advising international students in a Texas community college. Guided by Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model, I explored how academic advising with international students was shaped by individual backgrounds and environmental influences. I utilized a qualitative research design and analyzed information collected from interviews with 20 academic advisors and 15 international students at the community college. The findings of the study revealed factors in each subsystem of the model that may exert an important impact on international students’ experiences in advising and academic success. The findings can provide a valuable lens for advisors to better understand the challenges of working with international students and unveil forthcoming experiences for prospective international students

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Author Biography

Yi Leaf Zhang, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States

YI LEAF ZHANG, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her major research interests lie in the area of community colleges as a gateway to STEM education, transfer students’ educational pathways, and international education in four- and two-year institutions. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Leaf Zhang, Y. (2018). Using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Approach to Understand Academic Advising with International Community College Students. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1764–1782. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/230
Section
Research Articles