Academic expectations and learning styles of Arabic international students at an Australian university

Park, Sang-Soon and Son, Jeong-Bae (2016) Academic expectations and learning styles of Arabic international students at an Australian university. In: Global language policies and local educational practices and cultures, 11th ed. Deep University Press, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, pp. 258-279. ISBN 978-1-939755-28-5


This study investigates general and specific academic expectations and learning styles of students with an
Arabic background in Australian higher education. The study explores cross-culturally embedded learning
prospects of the students enrolled particularly in an English for academic purposes program at an
Australian university. While encountering a new and unfamiliar academic culture, the students often
come across various situations where they have to cope with a wide range of Australian tertiary academic
norms and values. Data were collected from a questionnaire and individual interviews. The findings of the
study indicate that the students’ academic expectations do not match well with Australian higher
education standards. The students tend to show their needs to adapt to changes in the different academic
environment and seem to heavily rely on visual learning styles. It is suggested that pedagogical strategies
need to be developed and implemented in order to provide appropriate and practical ways of assisting the
students’ academic transition and adaptation in the Australian academic context.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 02:33
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic expectations, learning styles, Arabic international students, English for academic purposes, Australian higher education
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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