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Saudi Arabian women pursuing higher education at Oregon State University

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dc.contributor.advisor Dubkin-Lee, Shelley I.
dc.creator Al-Sheikhly, Nadya A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-13T23:13:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-13T23:13:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-03-12
dc.date.issued 2012-03-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/28228
dc.description Graduation date: 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Since 2005, the United States has experienced a significant influx of international students from Saudi Arabia, particularly women (Bollang, 2006). The American educational structure is something Saudi women have never experienced due to the vast differences between both cultures in all facets. There is very little to no research conducted on Saudi Arabian women pursuing higher education in an academic culture drastically different from what they are accustomed to. A review of current literature illustrates the critical need for a more in- depth analysis of this phenomenon. Although there is much research available regarding the subjugation of Saudi women in the past and present, the surge in Saudi women pursuing education in the United States has not been researched. This thesis study explores how Saudi women are adapting to the differences in educational structural between what they have experienced back home and what they are experiencing here at Oregon State University. This study also looks at how Saudi women are adapting to the differences in teaching methods at OSU in comparison to what they are used to back home. The traditional teacher-centered approach versus that at OSU that heavily incorporates a student-centered approach. This study utilizes qualitative research methods to find common themes that arose from interviews with the sample group. Findings suggest that the Saudi women studying at Oregon State University developed intercultural competence due to their strong personal desire to succeed in their studies abroad. These Saudi women also proved to have strong levels of motivation and desire to succeed academically in hopes that they will return to their country and assist in improving the status of women. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Saudi women en_US
dc.subject Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.subject Education of Saudi women en_US
dc.subject Middle Eastern women education en_US
dc.subject Transnational feminism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women, Arab -- Education -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Cross-cultural studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women, Arab -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Saudi Arabian students -- Education -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Cross-cultural studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women college students -- Education -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Cross-cultural studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oregon State University -- Foreign students en_US
dc.title Saudi Arabian women pursuing higher education at Oregon State University en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.) en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Duncan, Patti
dc.contributor.committeemember Helle, Anita
dc.contributor.committeemember Bernell, David
dc.description.peerreview no en_us


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