A dynamic analysis of social capital-building of international and UK students

Rienties, Bart; Johan, Novie and Jindal-Snape, Divya (2015). A dynamic analysis of social capital-building of international and UK students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(8) pp. 1212–1235.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.886941


Although many international students experience transitional issues, most research assumes these issues will disappear over time. Using principles of social capital theory, this study addressed whether after three years of study students were able to build multi-national and host social capital links. In this quantitative study of 81 students from 28 nationalities, the results indicate that Confucian Asian students lived in separate social worlds, while English and other international students developed substantial multi-national networks over time. Learning networks after 14 weeks were predicted by group allocation and initial friendships, indicating a positive effect of mixing multi-national groups.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 41814
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1465-3346
  • Extra Information
  • 24 pp.
  • Keywords
  • social capital theory; social network analysis; quantitative research; international students; longitudinal analysis; higher education
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2014 Taylor & Francis
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  • Bart Rienties