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Strategies and Initiatives in Acculturation: Voices from Ghana

Boafo-Arthur, Susan, Attah, Dzifa, Boafo-Arthur, Ama, Akoensi, Thomas D (2017) Strategies and Initiatives in Acculturation: Voices from Ghana. Strategies and Initiatives in Acculturation: Voices from Ghana, 7 (4). pp. 1065-1079. ISSN 2162-3104. (doi:10.5281/zenodo.1035967)

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Abstract

Culture shock and acculturation are salient aspects of any international study trip. Over the years, many institutions have devised several strategies to help international students transition to life in the host country. However, most of these strategies are insensitive to diverse cultural or country specifics. Drawing from Social Learning Theory, this paper provides narratives from four former students from the West African country of Ghana and how they navigated the process of acculturation in their respective host nations. The narratives discuss their feelings during the study abroad trip, some of the challenges they faced, and personal as well as institutional strategies that aided in ameliorating the experience of culture shock. A few recommendations for Student Affairs Practitioners are also provided.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5281/zenodo.1035967
Uncontrolled keywords: Black-African international students, Ghana, institutional strategies, personal strategies, social learning theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Thomas D. Akoensi
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 14:27 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 15:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77588 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Akoensi, Thomas D: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5072-2576
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