This case study examines the experiences of international and U.S. domestic
students living in an international residence hall. In-depth interviews with ten students
and two staff combined with participant observation determined what events led to
meaningful interaction between domestic and international students, and how students’
perspectives on the influence of culture on their worldviews transformed. In addition to
qualitative methods, a grounded survey was administered incorporating data from the
interviews and participant observation. In alignment with contact theory and
transformative learning, residents reported increased comfort with cultural difference and
knowledge of other cultures through friendships formed on the hall. The findings of this
study offer insight for staff and administrators of international residence halls in creating
an environment that increases students’ ability to understand other worldviews and
develop cross-cultural skills.
UNiversity of Minnesota M.A. thesis. June 2012. Major: Educational policy and administration. Advisor: Frances Vavrus. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 125 pages, appendices 1-3.
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