Dare to dream: Life goals, values, and international students in New Zealand

Zhang, Kaili (2017) Dare to dream: Life goals, values, and international students in New Zealand. Journal of Religion and Health, 56 (5). pp. 1503-1514. ISSN 00224197

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0307-7

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Abstract

It has been well identified and supported in the literature that values and life
goals are associated with one’s general well-being. However, there have been few studies
on values and life goals among international students in New Zealand. This study
addressed this lack of research by focusing on the life goals and personal values among
international students in three tertiary institutes in New Zealand. Based on the literature
review, the hypothesis of this study is that international students’ intrinsic life goals are
positively correlated with their spiritual values. In contrast, extrinsic goals did not have
similar effects. The Aspirations Index, which was used to assess life goals, and the
Schwartz’ value survey, which measured the students’ personal values, were both distributed to the participants. Follow-up interviews with 24 of the participants were also
conducted. Findings revealed that spiritual values were positively correlated with intrinsic
goals and that extrinsic goals did not have similar effects. As the research findings showed
that spiritual values were positively correlated with intrinsic goals, helping international
students to find meaning and purpose in life may promote their well-being, and the learning
and growth of international students can be improved by incorporating spiritual values and
cultural aspects in college education. The authors also argue that a holistic approach to
college education for international students is needed.

Keywords:Personal values, Life goals, International students, Higher education, Well-being, New Zealand
Subjects:X Education > X142 Training Teachers - Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:45970
Deposited On:19 Oct 2021 11:11

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