A phenomenological study of Korean students' acculturation in middle schools in the USA

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The purpose of this phenomenological interview study was to describe how visiting Korean students experience social adjustment and acculturation when attending US middle schools. As a result of phenomenological analysis, the essences of Korean students' social adjustment included: (1) descriptions of power struggles; (2) misconceptions of cultural differences; (3) coping behaviors; and (4) academic achievement. In conclusion, the authors argue that families and educators should strive to create an alternative form of nationalism that calls forth mutual understandings and cooperation that respects cultural dualism and negotiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-117
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Research in International Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007



  • Acculturation
  • Korean students
  • Middle schools
  • Social adjustment

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  • Education

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