Two different learning environments: how do Arabic international students cope with the Australian learning system?

Almansouri, Bassim and van Rensburg, Henriette (2012) Two different learning environments: how do Arabic international students cope with the Australian learning system? In: 2nd International Conference on Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning (ISLPAL 2012): The Power of Personal Pedagogy: Working from the Wisdom Within, 4-5 Aug 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of pedagogical and learning differences when Arabic international students (AIS) come to study in Australia. It describes the difference in teaching methods between their original countries in the Arabic world and Australia. There are many research papers that discuss the experiences of international students in general in western learning systems, including Australia (Bailey, 2009; Lisa, 2003; Zhao, Kuh & Carini, 2005); however there is little research conducted specifically about AIS in Australia. Therefore, the current paper contributes to filling this gap by reporting on the learning experiences of AIS in Australia and, more specifically, on their pedagogical experiences. Data were collected through semi structured interviews with six Arabic tertiary international students in an Australian regional university in Queensland. After presenting the analysis of the data, this paper will suggest some learning strategies that may benefit not only AIS, but also lecturers when they teach students from completely different culture and language.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 International Society for Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 04:28
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 05:37
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130307 Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22264

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