JaLCDOI 10.18926/OER/55742
Title Alternative An Analysis of Inquiries to the International Students Advisory Office at Okayama University from Organizations/Individuals Outside the University
FullText URL oer_049_3_001_018.pdf
Author Oka, Masumi| Uzuka, Mariko| Hirota, Yoko|
Abstract   In this paper, the authors examine the reasons why outsiders such as the staff of public and private sector organizations as well as individuals made contact with the International Students Advisory Office( ISAO) at Okayama University during the period from November 1999 to March 201₇. At ISAO 80% of the visitors are the students, staff and faculty of Okayama University, and the rest, 20%, are non-university people. Because of its name, people assume that ISAO visitors are only university-related people. However, advising and supporting international students cannot be done only on-campus, but also requires support and help from people outside of the university. The purpose of this paper is to focus on this 20% of ISAO visitors and to analyze the reasons for and frequencies of their inquiries.  A total number of ₆,808 queries were made from outside the campus during the 1₇ year and ₅ month period under study. ₇8% of these were from Japanese and 22% were from foreigners. ₇₆% were residents of Okayama Prefecture.  As for their affiliation, ₃9% were individuals; 20%, the staff of educational institutions; 18%, NPO’s and other private groups; 1₇%, government officials; ₆%, company workers and managers. As for the reasons for contacting the office, the majority, ₅1%, were related to exchange/support; while 2₇%, daily life-related matters; 8%, information exchange with other students advisors; ₆%, study-related matters; and ₅%, university admission related.  In the discussion, the authors examine the inquiries by other universities, foreign governments and mass media, and analyze their meaning and characteristics. The authors also point out the typical problems pertaining to“ cultural exchanges” with schools. Finally, they look at issues related to the alumni and alumna who return as continuous users of ISAO.
Publication Title Okayama Economic Review
Published Date 2018-03-19
Volume volume49
Issue issue3
Start Page 1
End Page 18
ISSN 2433-4146
language 日本語
Copyright Holders Copyright © 2018 岡山大学経済学会
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NAID 120006414151
JaLCDOI 10.18926/OER/55674
Title Alternative The Current Situation and the Issues Concerning Tutoring for International Students by WAWA Volunteer Tutors : Based on the Results of the Questionnaire for Volunteer Tutors
FullText URL oer_049_2_017_034.pdf
Author Uzuka, Mariko| Hirota, Yoko| Oka, Masumi| Fukada, Hiromi|
Abstract Uzuka and Oka (2016) studied the result of the questionnaire for international students who had tutorials by International Student Support Volunteer Group, WAWA during the period from April 2007 to March 2015 and clarified some issues such as the necessity of regular tutoring, demand to accommodate a wide variety of situations, enhancing the quality of volunteer tutors and so on. Meanwhile, a questionnaire survey for volunteer tutors was also conducted. In this paper, the authors examine the situation and the issues of tutoring for international students based on the results of this tutor survey.  A total of 113 volunteer tutors (a response rate 77.9%) responded to the survey. Research has found that periodicity, frequency and the number of items covered by tutoring are the three factors that are related to tutor satisfaction. Authors recognize statistical difficulties that there can be a mutual influence relationship among the three factors and the satisfaction of the tutors and the data used in this study are irregular repeated measurements. Based on these points of consideration, the results of this survey targeting tutors revealed that the satisfaction level of tutors who conducted periodic tutoring was significantly higher than those who did not. In addition, it was confirmed that the degree of satisfaction of tutors with more frequent tutoring was significantly higher than those with less frequent one and the satisfaction of tutors who accommodated more items was significantly higher than those who did less. Therefore, the result shows that it is the most important tasks for WAWA staff and advising teachers to build a tutoring system that can conduct periodic tutoring which offer multiple services including various living support along with Japanese language learning support at least once a week for four months.
Publication Title Okayama Economic Review
Published Date 2018-02-26
Volume volume49
Issue issue2
Start Page 17
End Page 34
ISSN 2433-4146
language 日本語
Copyright Holders Copyright © 2018 岡山大学経済学会
File Version publisher
NAID 120006398873