Undergraduates’ Awareness and Perceptions of Globalization: A Comparison of U.S. and Chinese Students

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By Brett Zollinger, Fu Runfeng, Keith Campbell


Assessing current awareness of and attitudes toward predominant globalization processes among undergraduate students is helpful for future course design, particularly courses about globalization or those with substantial globalization components.  Such assessments also provide research opportunities for understanding changing levels of awareness and attitudes among undergraduate students over time.  This paper reports research about the knowledge and perceptions of globalization concepts and trends among undergraduate students.  The analysis compares findings among U.S. undergraduates at a Midwestern university (Midwest U.) with those among Chinese undergraduates at a university (China U.) in an east-central province of the country.  Findings from two years of research (i.e., 2012 and 2013) are reported.