They are, he is, and I am: different adjustment accounts of two male Saudi Arabian nursing students at an Australian university

Midgley, Warren (2009) They are, he is, and I am: different adjustment accounts of two male Saudi Arabian nursing students at an Australian university. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 6 (1). pp. 82-97. ISSN 1832-2050

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Abstract

This paper reports on the analysis of a narrative discussion group facilitated by the author as a part of a larger study. The participants in this group were two male Saudi Arabian nursing students of a similar age, studying the same course at the same time at the same Australian university, who had chosen to be together in this group. The discussion that was recorded for this study was in response to the request to “tell me about your experiences here”. The data demonstrate that these two individuals have had very different experiences, resulting from their very different responses to the challenges of living and studying in Australia. The data support the view of scholars such as Koehne (2005) and Kumar (2005) arguing against reductionist views of international students. The paper concludes by appealing for a more holistic person-in-context approach to providing support for beginning learners in higher education.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: '© Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. ISSN 1832-2050.'
Depositing User: Mr Warren Midgley
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2009 23:55
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2011 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: international student experiences; Saudi Arabian students; student support
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5302

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