S.N. Fosso Fabrice


Universities still struggle with the ebbs and flows consisting of attracting, retaining and understanding foreign students. Too much focus is put on opinions and statistics around foreign students, which a majority of universities pursue via surveys on their perception of the quality of teaching, their adaptation, or performance appraisal. An approach which is questionable from a sociological point of view, and can be described as a faux pas given that those opinions are taken in most cases out of their contexts and devoid of adequate methods to identify or analyze such opinions, which I argue are mostly influenced by factors outside higher education itself. Therefore, this article suggests the theory of Social Representations (SRs), and some theoretical suggestions to fill the gap related to investigations on foreign students.

Ключевые слова

Social Representations; Foreign students

Полный текст:

PDF>PDF (English)


Abric Jean Claude. 1994. Pratiques sociales et representations. Paris: PUF. URL:

Alemu Aye Mengistu, and Jason Cordier. 2017. “Factors Influencing International Student Satisfaction in Korean Universities.” Journal of Educational Development 57 (Nov): 54-64. URL:

Andrade S M. 2006. “International students in English-speaking universities: Adjustment factors.” Journal of Research in International Education 5 (2): 131–154. URL:

Antonova N., Abramova S., Grunt E., Merenkov A., and Dronishinets N. 2019. “Student’s Territorial Mobility (Example of Yekaterinburg).” Shenzhen: DEStech Publications, Inc. URL:

Breakwell M.G. 1993. “Social representations and social identity.” Papers on Social Representations 2 (1): 198–217. URL:

Doise W. 2005. «Les représentations sociales.» In Social psychology of cognition, edited by Psychologie sociale de la cognition In N. Dubois (Ed.), 153–207. Paris: Dunod.

Doise W. A Clémence, and F. Lorenzi-Cioldi. 1993. The quantitative analysis of social representations. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. URL:

Flament C. 1981. «L’analyse de similitude:une technique pourl’étudedesreprésentations sociales.» Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive 1 (1): 375–395. URL:

Höijer Birgitta. 2011. “Social Representations Theory: A New Theory for Media Research.” Nordicom Review 32 (2): 3-16. URL:

Jodelet D. 1989. Représentations sociales: un domaine en expansion. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Lahlou Saadi. 2001. “Functional aspects of social representations.” In Representations of the social: bridging theoretical traditions, edited by Kay Deaux, 131–146. Oxford: Blackwell.

Lo Monaco, Grégory, Anthony Piermattéo , Patrick Rateau, and Jean Louis Tavani. 2016. “Methods for Studying the Structure of Social Representations: A Critical Review and Agenda for Future Research.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 47 (3): 306-331. URL:

Lopes da Silva, Ariane. 2012. “social representations of undergraduates about teacher identity and work a gender perspective.” Educação, Sociedade & Culturas 36: 49-64. URL:

Merenkov A., and Antonova N. 2015. “Problems of social adaptation of international students in Russia.” New Educational Review 41 (3): 122-132. URL:

Moliner P. 1993. «Cinq questions à propos des représentations.» Les cahiers internationaux de psychologie sociale 20 (1): 5-13.

Moliner P. 2001. «Formation et stabilisation des représentations sociales.» In La dynamique des représentations sociales, edited by Moliner, 15-41. Grenoble: PUG.

Moscovici Serge. 1993. “Introductory Address.” Papers on Social Representations 2: 1–11.

Palmonari A., and Emiliani F. 2009. Paradigmi delle rappresentazioni soci ali. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Pardal Louis, Diana Albuquerque, Madalena Lopes, and Maria Eugenia Ferra0. 2013. «Statistical Evidence on Social Representations of Teachers in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal.» Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 82 (2013): 734–739. URL:

Pianelli Carine , Jean-Claude Abric, and Farida Saad. 2010. «Rôle Des Représentations Sociales Préexistantes Dans Les Processus D’ancrage Et De Structuration D’une Nouvelle Représentation.» Les Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale 86 (February): 241-274.

Rateau P., Moliner P., Guimelli C., and J-C Abric. 2011. “SocialRepresentation Theory.” In Handbook of theories of social psychology, edited by A.W. Kruglanski, & E.T. Higgins P. A. M. Van Lange, 477–487. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Rouquette Marie-Louis. 1994. Sur la connaissance des masses. Grenoble: PUG.

Souchet L., and Girandola F. 2013. “Double foot-in-the-door, social representations, and environment: application for energy savings.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 43 (2): 306–315. URL:

Stromquist P.N., and Monkman K. 2014. Globalization and education: Integration and contestation across cultures. 2. Plymouth: R&L Education.

Vale, Silvia Fernandes do, and Helois Regina Maciel. 2019. “The Structure of Students’ Parents’ Social Representations of Teachers.” Trends in Psychology 27: 265–278.

Vergès Pierre. 2001. «L’analyse des représentations sociales par questionnaires.» Revue française de sociologie 42 (3): 537-561. URL:

Vergès P. 1994. «Approche dunoyau central: Propriétés quantitatives et structurales.» In Structures and transformations of social representations, edited by C. Guimelli, 233–253. Paris: Delachaux et Niestlé.

Vishnevsky R.Yu, and Narkhov Yu.D. 2019. “Paradoxes of the higher education modernization: Results of the 20year monitoring in the Sverdlovsk Region.” RUDN Journal of Sociology 19 (2): 289-301. URL:

Windzio M., Simonson J., Pfeiffer C., and Kleimann M. 2007. Kriminalitätswahrnehmung und Punitivität in der Bevölkerung – Welche Rolle spielen die Massenmedien?Ergebnisse der Befragungen zu Kriminalitätswahrnehmung und Strafeinstellungen 2004 und 2006. Hannover: KFN.


ISSN 2658-4034

HotLog Яндекс цитирования