Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Ann Coyne


The United States has become a world market for education especially for international students from the third world countries. In view of this, it has become necessary to examine the participation of these young internationals in American education which is primarily designed to meet the needs of the American people. This study used four hypotheses to test whether there is a significant difference in social values and perceptions between American students currently studying in an American university, West African students studying in American universities, and West Africans who had previously studied in American universities and have returned home. It was found that white American students differed more than black American students from the West Africans, both those in the United States and those who have returned home. Sex as well as culture was also found to be related to the responses to certain questions used in the instrument. On the whole, it appeared that culture more than sex was responsible for the difference between the groups. Despite the weaknesses of the instrument used, the study pointed to the need for a multicultural approach in designing educational curricula, especially for schools of social work which educate peopleto work in human service settings among culturally divergent populations.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Social Work and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Social Work University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Adeze C. Uhiara April, 1983