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Doctor of Philosophy


Industrial Education and Technology

First Advisor

John N. Riley


The purposes of this study were to: (1) assess the extent to which international students studying technical related programs perceived and expected their training to help prepare them for their role in the industrial development of their home countries, (2) identify appropriate course work and practical work experiences that would be recommended by the foreign students to improve their technical programs in the United States;A questionnaire was used in collecting data from 432 subjects enrolled in spring of 1989 in the three Iowa regents universities. Completed questionnaires were received from 179 students resulting in a 41.5 percent return. After analyzing the data, two of the seven hypotheses formulated for the study were rejected. Based on the findings from the study, the following conclusions were drawn:;Students with career goals rated the effectiveness of their U.S. education in the achievement of their career goals and transfer of technology to their home countries differently than the students without career goals. Graduate and undergraduate students held different opinions in regard to the adjustment or revision of current university curricula as far as making them more relevant to foreign students' needs;An overwhelming number of respondents in this study recognized the following factors both effective and accomplished in their education in the United States. These factors were: a broad education, technical training and knowledge in the U.S., developing research skills, and getting to see the trend of development in the U.S;Having an internship in an U.S. industry, was recognized as an effective factor but it was not accomplished by a majority (more than 70%) of the respondents in this study. This factor underlines the needs of foreign students for more practical training;Taking courses dealing with "advanced technologies" was recognized by 60.3 percent of the respondents in this study to be an effective factor in the relevance of foreign students' education in U.S. universities. This outcome was contradictory to the literature cited for this study, and might be due to the preponderant number of subjects from Newly Industrialized Countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, and Malaysia.



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