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Comparison of onshore and offshore student learning experience in an economic unit of study

Havrila, Inka and Zhang, Christabel Ming (2009) Comparison of onshore and offshore student learning experience in an economic unit of study. Journal of International Education in Business, 2 (1). pp. 2-19. ISSN 2046-469X

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University students often view economics as one of the most challenging subjects. In this paper, we explore whether the same attitude is shared by students at an offshore campus. The analysis is based on a survey of onshore and offshore students in an Australian university. The focus of the paper is on identifying similarities/differences in student attitudes towards economics, their degree of motivation, satisfaction with the content and the delivery of lectures and tutorials, major challenges, and student profile characteristics. A non-parametric test indicates significant differences between the two cohorts, in terms of their age, enrolment status, paid work commitments, prior study of economics, their motivation and approach to studying the subject, and satisfaction with both the content and the delivery of the lectures/tutorials. The findings in this study are helpful in developing strategies for enhancing student learning in culturally diverse cohorts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID17221, international education, business education, student learning, economics education
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
Current > FOR Classification > 1499 Other Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 23:22
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 04:16
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