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Cultural adaption of Chinese-background students in an Australian tertiary context


Yue, Y, Cultural adaption of Chinese-background students in an Australian tertiary context, The International Journal of Learning, 17, (4) pp. 335-344. ISSN 1447-9494 (2010) [Refereed Article]


In recent years, due to economic development and globalization, there is a dramatic increase of international students, mainly from Asian countries, coming to Australia and attending various courses, such as language courses, professional training and university degree. Not only do they contribute in substantial financial income, but also bring a diversity of cultures into this country. International students have become an important population group in Australia. However, due to geographic and cultural transition, some students do have difficulties in adapting to the unfamiliar educational system and the cultural discourse of teaching and learning. Qualitative research method is used in this research to explore in-depth thoughts and feelings of Asian students. The data were drawn from interviews conducted at an Australian university. Thematic analysis was conducted with the use of NVivo (version 8). The final findings indicate that although Asian students certainly encounter some difficulties in their academic experiences, most of them can adopt effective coping strategies to deal with the problems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chinese Background students, learning experiences, coping strategies, cultural adaption
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
ID Code:66978
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-02-22
Last Modified:2011-04-29

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