Perceptions of Mainland Chinese Students Toward Obtaining Higher Education in the United States

  • Michelle E. Bartlett North Carolina State University, United States
  • Wei Han North Carolina State University, United States
  • James E. Bartlett, II North Carolina State University, United States
Keywords: Q methodology, international students, higher education, mainland Chinese students, viewpoints

Abstract

Since 1978, when the first group of 50 mainland Chinese students came to the United States for education, increasing numbers of mainland Chinese students have come to the United States to get a degree (Lampton, Madancy & Williams, 1986). In 2009, China surpassed India, becoming the largest source country of international students in the United States, and since then, China has the most international students seeking education in the United States (Open Doors Data, 2015). The purpose of this Q methodology study is to explore personal perspectives of mainland Chinese students on the value of getting a degree in the United States. Data analysis grouped similar viewpoints. Based on data from ten mainland Chinese students, we categorized three different groups of mainland Chinese students: job and education group, education group, and migration group.

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Author Biographies

Michelle E. Bartlett, North Carolina State University, United States

MICHELLE E. BARTLETT, PhD, is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education program at North Carolina State University. Her major research interests lie in the area of improving graduate education, leadership, and research methods.

Wei Han, North Carolina State University, United States

WEI HAN is a graduate from the Master of Science in Human Resource Education program at North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Nankai University. Prior to her master’s degree she was a journalist.

James E. Bartlett, II, North Carolina State University, United States

JAMES E. BARTLETT, II, PhD, is Associate Professor in Workforce and Community College Education and co-director of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Cohorts at North Carolina State University. His research is in the area of graduate education, workforce development, and research methods.

Published
2018-04-01
How to Cite
Bartlett, M. E., Han, W., & Bartlett, II, J. E. (2018). Perceptions of Mainland Chinese Students Toward Obtaining Higher Education in the United States. Journal of International Students, 8(2), 623-637. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i2.95
Section
Research Articles