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International STEM graduate students: reaching a deeper understanding

International STEM graduate students: reaching a deeper understanding The purpose of this paper is to better understand the perceptions international STEM students have of the library and higher education based on their responses to the Ithaka S+R Graduate Student Survey.Design/methodology/approachTo better understand these groups, this study conducted the Mann–Whitney–Wilcoxon test on the Ithaka survey results to compare the groups and identify any statistically significant differences that the international STEM graduate students group (ISG) has to other groups.FindingsThis paper found that ISG valued Higher Education objective variables more than the non-ISG group, with the exception of one question. The ISG group also valued 7 of the 13 role of the library (ROL) variables statistically different.Research limitations/implicationsSince the students self-reported as international or STEM, the authors are unable to assess whether the response pool is representative of the university as a whole.Practical implicationsBy understanding how international/STEM students may differ from other populations, libraries can better design spaces and services for these groups.Originality/valueExisting studies tend to focus on international students or STEM students and information literacy. This study intends to fill a gap in the understanding of how these groups perceive the ROL and their education. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Performance Measurement and Metrics Emerald Publishing

International STEM graduate students: reaching a deeper understanding

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1467-8047
DOI
10.1108/pmm-12-2017-0062
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to better understand the perceptions international STEM students have of the library and higher education based on their responses to the Ithaka S+R Graduate Student Survey.Design/methodology/approachTo better understand these groups, this study conducted the Mann–Whitney–Wilcoxon test on the Ithaka survey results to compare the groups and identify any statistically significant differences that the international STEM graduate students group (ISG) has to other groups.FindingsThis paper found that ISG valued Higher Education objective variables more than the non-ISG group, with the exception of one question. The ISG group also valued 7 of the 13 role of the library (ROL) variables statistically different.Research limitations/implicationsSince the students self-reported as international or STEM, the authors are unable to assess whether the response pool is representative of the university as a whole.Practical implicationsBy understanding how international/STEM students may differ from other populations, libraries can better design spaces and services for these groups.Originality/valueExisting studies tend to focus on international students or STEM students and information literacy. This study intends to fill a gap in the understanding of how these groups perceive the ROL and their education.

Journal

Performance Measurement and MetricsEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 18, 2018

Keywords: Academic libraries; Assessment; International students; Graduate students; Ithaka; STEM students

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