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The Acculturation Experiences of Foreign- Born Students of Color in Physics

Sharon Fries-Britt, Chrystal A. George Mwangi and Alicia M. Peralta


This study focuses on 15 foreign-born students majoring in physics who are also racial/ethnic minorities. We address the research question: What are the acculturation experiences of foreign-born Students of Color majoring in physics? Berry’s (2003) theory of acculturation and Bandura’s (1994) theory of self-efficacy were substantive frameworks for analyzing the data. The findings illustrate participants’ cultural, educational, and social adjustments. Emphasis is placed on how participants navigate and achieve success in this process.

Published Online: 2014-11-12
Published in Print: 2014-11-1

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