Advising International Chinese Students:Issues, Strategies, and Practices

*Chapter 1 Identity-Shaping Factors: Social, Cultural, and Educational Background

*The Chinese Social and Cultural Context of Education

 

  • Confucian Ethics
    Chinese Ethics  Retrieved from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

 

Meritocracy and Social Mobility

 

 

Collectivist Values, Hierarchy, and Authority


Memorizing and Understanding

Parental Authority

Competition and Examinations


Secondary Education Curriculum

 

Sociocultural Dynamics

 

Chapter 2 The Academic Transition: The Need to Reorganize Priorities

Deciding to Study In the United States

 

 

Look for Documentary “Imported From China” a 30 minute film that follows several Chinese international Students through their experiences in American Universities, and the American culture. Created by Geri Zeldes and Troy Hale from Michigan State

A Strong Focus on Academics 

Differing Perspectives on Academic Difficulty

English Language Comprehension

 

The Complex Nature of Second Language Proficiency

Language as a Pattern of Thinking


Chinese Students and Advising, Resources and Academic Exploration

Chapter 3 Learning A New Culture

 

A Shift in Values

 


Cross-Cultural Challenges

 

Curricular Experiences

 

 

  • International Orientations
    Orientation Retrieved from Michigan State University

Preparation for Life After College 

 

 

 

Chapter 4 Recommendations for Academic Advisors

Flexible Academic Guidance

 


Developing Intercultural Competence

 

 

 


Professional Development Ideas for Enhancing Cultural Mentoring

 

  • Building small group development, including international and national students comfortably.
    Strangers in a Strange Land Retrieved From Inside HigherEd


Intercultural Advising About Resources

 

 

Individual Backgrounds Matter

 

 

 

Chapter 5 Policy Implications

Facilitating Institution-wide Professional Partnership

 

Supporting English Language Preparation

 

 


Creating Opportunities for Cultural Immersion and Designing Courses

 

 

Encouraging Peer Mentoring

 

 

  • How to build peer mentoring for international students
    Peer Advisors Retrieved from Office of Global Programs Columbia University
     
  • Encourage mentoring in the classroom
    Cross Cultural  Retrieved From University of Pittsburgh

Affirming Academic Integrity

 


Faculty Members as Mentors and Sources of Extra Help

 


Engaging Parents

 

 

 

Additional Resources

Articles

U.S Classroom Culture Retrieved From Association for International Education (NAFSA) 

Using Appreciative Advising With International Students Retrieved from The Mentor

Books

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World By Yong Zhao

Confucian Philosophy: Innovations and Transformations By Chung Ying Cheng

Ethnicity in China: A Critical Introduction Xiaowei Zang

 

 

 

 

(*) Chapter Titles are in bold, subsections are underlined and Italicized