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Title:Culture, Personal, and Academic Objectives of International Students at Illinois State University
Author(s):Gasperini, Nicole; Paolisso, Kate; Wilhite, Ylanda
Subject(s):international student
Illinois State University
culture, study abroad
ANT 285
Fall 2009
Abstract:The purpose of this project is to study the international students at Illinois State University in order to understand what kind of experiences they hope to have at ISU in regards to culture and education. We will show through 10 interviews with international students and observations at international housing events what studying at ISU means to various students in terms of their world views and their future academic possibilities. This paper offers a specific look into the life of an international student at ISU.
Issue Date:2009
Course / Semester:The objective of this course is to provide students with hands-on training in ethnographic methods and writing and to help students become critical readers of ethnographic research. Instead of attempting to present a whole smorgasbord of research methods or to survey the vast literature on ethnographic fieldwork, we focus on a small selection of techniques that are central to much anthropological fieldwork (field note taking, participant observation, interviewing, mapping) and that are most useful and relevant for students' semester projects. Other techniques and issues are discussed and incorporated as they emerge from students' own research inquiries. Students will not conduct a full-blown research project but instead will get “a taste” of ethnographic research through a series of ethnographic exercises and students' own mini-project. At the end of the semester, students write an ethnographic research report based on their findings and reflections on the research process. This course is affiliated with the EUI and, as a part of this initiative, students are asked to try their hand at ethnographic research about their own institution, Illinois State University.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-06-12

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