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dc.contributor.advisorCarr-Stewart, Sheilaen_US
dc.creatorZhang, Xiaodongen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-12T19:30:04Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:44:19Z
dc.date.available2012-08-15T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:44:19Z
dc.date.created2011-07en_US
dc.date.issued2011-07en_US
dc.date.submittedJuly 2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-07122011-193004en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to identify reasons why Chinese graduate students chose one Canadian university in which to study and to examine the transitional issues they encountered. Based on post-positivistic epistemology as the philosophical foundation, Creswell’s (2002) triangulation design in mixed methods research was employed. Fifty-one Chinese graduate students registered in master or doctoral programs at the university responded to an online survey that collected quantitative and qualitative data. Excel and SPSS (18.0) were employed to analyze the quantitative data. Descriptive statistics (means, standard deviations, frequencies, and percentages) were utilized to examine the participants’ transitional issues. Qualitative data were analyzed to develop major themes in relation to the participants’ reasons for choosing this university in which to study and the transitional issues. Trustworthiness of the study was discussed from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. The findings showed that the participants came to study at this university in Canada because of academic reasons, such as high-quality academic programs, research focus, competent faculty members, appropriate admission requirements, world-recognized degrees, and the opportunity to practice English. When studying in their academic programs, they encountered difficulties with listening, speaking, and academic writing in English. They also encountered difficulties in understanding academic readings, seeking advice, course work, and lack of resources. In their daily lives, the students encountered loneliness, isolation, lack of communication due to different cultures, financial issues, and accommodation problems.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjecttransitional issuesen_US
dc.subjectCanadian universityen_US
dc.subjectChinese graduate studentsen_US
dc.titleChoices and challenges : Chinese graduate students'transitional issues at a Canadian universityen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Administrationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Administrationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCheng, Hongmingen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKapoor, Dipen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBalzer, Geraldineen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWalker, Keithen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRenihan, Patricken_US


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