A dynamic analysis of social capital-building of international and UK students

Bart Rienties (Lead / Corresponding author), Novie Johan, Divya Jindal-Snape

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    Abstract

    Although many international students experience transitional issues, most research assumes these issues will disappear over time. Using principles of social capital theory, this study addressed whether after three years of study students were able to build multi-national and host social capital links. In this quantitative study of 81 students from 28 nationalities, the results indicate that Confucian Asian students lived in separate social worlds, while English and other international students developed substantial multi-national networks over time. Learning networks after 14?weeks were predicted by group allocation and initial friendships, indicating a positive effect of mixing multi-national groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1212-1235
    Number of pages24
    JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
    Volume36
    Issue number8
    Early online date7 Mar 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Social capital theory
    • Social Network Analysis (SNA)
    • quantitative research
    • international students
    • longitudinal analysis
    • higher education

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