Cooperative Activity as Mediation in the Social Adjustment of Chinese International Students

  • Junqian Ma Monash University, Australia
Keywords: cooperative activity, mediating activity, social adjustment

Abstract

Social adjustment is one of the most difficult and long-lasting challenges for international students who study in a new country. This paper uses a case study of cooperative painting activity conducted in Australian setting, in which two Chinese and three other students from different countries participated, in order to assess the efficiency of cooperative activity in mediating the social adjustment of international students. It argues that three factors determine its mediating function: namely, 1) the relaxing, pushy, and thematic setting, 2) the mediator’s role, and 3) communications and interactions. The study provides a new approach to future practices aiming to support the social adjustment of international students.

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Author Biography

Junqian Ma, Monash University, Australia

JUNQIAN MA, PhD candidate. She is currently working as an assistant editor of International Research in Early Childhood Journal and a research assistant. Before starting PhD, She worked in a primary school in China as a class teacher and a Chinese language teacher, after having achieved a bachelor’s degree in Education from Jiangsu Normal University, China.

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Ma, J. (2018). Cooperative Activity as Mediation in the Social Adjustment of Chinese International Students. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 856-875. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/305
Section
Research Articles