The Development of Social Capital Through International Students’ Involvement in Campus Organizations

  • Chris R Glass Old Dominion University
  • Peggy Gesing Old Dominion University
Keywords: attachment, belonging, co-curricular enegagement, social capital, social network

Abstract

This study examines campus organization involvement as a mechanism for social capital development. Researchers used analysis of variance (ANOVA) to examine variations in network size, strength, and composition for international students involved in different types of campus organizations. The researchers also examined the relationship of campus organization involvement to international students’ sense of attachment to the university. Students who participated in major-based organizations or leadership programs had larger, less dense, more diverse networks that lead to social networks which are particularly advantageous to social mobility. Students who participated in campus organizations related to their own cultural heritage had networks built of friends from all cultures, creating a greater sense of belonging and attachment to the university. Implications of social capital for practice and future research are discussed.

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Author Biographies

Chris R Glass, Old Dominion University

CHRIS GLASS, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Education, Old Dominion University. He takes a social psychological approach to researching international students with an interest in how the presence of others affects educational outcomes such as achievement, motivation, and social development.

Peggy Gesing, Old Dominion University

PEGGY GESING, PhD, is a Lecturer in the College of Education, Old Dominion University. She examines issues of global student mobility.

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Glass, C. R., & Gesing, P. (2018). The Development of Social Capital Through International Students’ Involvement in Campus Organizations. Journal of International Students, 8(3), 1274-1292. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/52
Section
Research Articles