Title

The Role of Identity Gaps, Discrimination, and Acculturation in International Students' Educational Satisfaction in American Classrooms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2008

Department

Communication Studies

School

Communication

Abstract

This study examined a model of international students’ educational satisfaction in the U.S. Using Communication Theory of Identity as a framework, the authors proposed that personal–enacted identity gaps and personal–relational identity gaps contribute to international students’ educational satisfaction. Furthermore, acculturation and perceived discrimination were hypothesized as contributing factors to those gaps. Survey data were collected from 218 international students. Acculturation and perceived discrimination were significantly related to educational satisfaction. The perceived personal–enacted identity gap was also related to educational satisfaction and mediated the relationships among acculturation, discrimination, and educational satisfaction.

Publication Title

Communication Education

Volume

57

Issue

1

First Page

64

Last Page

87

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