Understanding the Student Experience
Chapter 2 International Students in Australia - The Student Experience 15
15 Chapter 2 International Students in Australia - The Student Experience Conversation between Sir Edmund Hillary and Urkien Sherpa: “Tell us, if there were one thing we could do for your village, what would it be?” “With all respect, Sahib, you have little to teach us in strength and toughness. And we don’t envy you your restless spirits. Perhaps we are happier than you? But we would like our children to go to school. Of all the things you have, learning is the one we most desire of our children” (in: Mortenson and Relin 2006 Three Cups of Tea.) This chapter surveys the previous research on the experiences of international students in metropolitan universities. It is divided into three sections using Biggs’ division of international students’ transition issues. These are: social and cultural issues, English language issues, and learning and teaching issues (2003). The chapter initially provides a broad survey of social, cultural, and language issues related to international students’ experiences in Australian universities. The second half of the chapter narrows the focus to teaching and learning issues. Researchers were unanimous that academic issues were connected to social and cultural aspects of students’ experiences on campus (Biggs: 2003). This survey of the literature identifies how cultural issues affect academic experiences. There are three aims to this review of research on student experiences. First, to provide a survey of the research on social and cultural issues, English language issues, and teaching and learning issues related to the experiences of international students...
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