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Multi-cultural Learning Experiences of Chinese-background students at two Australian Universities


Fan, S and Yue, Y, Multi-cultural Learning Experiences of Chinese-background students at two Australian Universities, AARE International Research Conference 2009, 29 November - 2 December 2009, Canberra, pp. 1-10. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Recently, there has been a significant increase in the number of international students attending universities and acquiring higher education in Australia. Over 80% of these international students were from Asian countries, with most of them having a Chinese background. These Chinese students experience a range of challenges and problems when they encounter a western educational environment markedly different from the educational system in their own country. To complete their study successfully, these Chinese students had to make adjustments and adapt different coping strategies to overcome the language and cultural difficulties.

This study involved the participation of over fifty students, with a Chinese background, from three Australian academic institutions. It has explored the perceptions encountered by Chinese-background students in their study, as well as the adjustments made by them. The data used for this study were drawn from semi-structured interviews and surveys conducted in three tertiary education contexts. The findings appeared to confirm that most of these Chinese-background students are indeed successfully implementing coping strategies to succeed despite the obstacles faced, and some support strategies are preferred and expected in their learning. The findings of this study would assist current and potential Chinese-background students, as well as improve higher education practice in Australian academic institutions.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:higher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
ID Code:66980
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-02-22
Last Modified:2015-04-20
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