International students expectations and motivations

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Krishnan, Shana and Vrcelj, Zora (2009) International students expectations and motivations. In: 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 6-9 December 2009: Engineering the Curriculum. Engineers Australia, Barton, A.C.T., pp. 19-25.


This study addresses the stereotypes surrounding international students (Samuelowicz, 1987; Watson, 1999) and their motivations behind and expectations of tertiary level study. A large and comprehensive quantitative survey of students was undertaken across various faculties at the University of New South Wales. This paper reveals in particular the reasons why international and local students study, their motivations for study and their expectations of teachers and of gaining a university education. The study finds that common stereotypes may be misleading and that there are many similarities between the needs of international and local students.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 1876346590
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords engineering students, studies, university education, attitudes
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