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Valuing cultural diversity in student learning : the academic adjustment experiences of international Chinese students.

Zhang, Christabel Ming and Sillitoe, James and Webb, Janis (1999) Valuing cultural diversity in student learning : the academic adjustment experiences of international Chinese students. In: Cornerstones : what do we value in higher education? Proceedings, July 12-15, Melbourne, Australia, 1999. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (Victorian Branch), Melbourne.

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Abstract

This investigation explores, from the students' perspective, the initial academic adjustment experiences of international business students from an ethnic Chinese cultural background at Victoria University (VU), Australia. This paper is report of a study in progress. A qualitative methodology, using principles of grounded theory, was used for the study. Individual in-depth interviews were conducted for data collection. The findings, so far, indicate that the key factors influencing the academic adjustment experiences of the students participating in the study were, apart from language issues, staff approaches to teaching, the nature of interactions between students and teaching staff, students' approaches to learning, and the nature of interactions between students and students.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: International students, Chinese culture, student adjustment, cultural differences, university students, higher education, Victoria University, Chinese students, qualitative research
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2014 12:12
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2014 12:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10712
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