International Students at University: Understanding the Student Experience

by Harshi Gunawardena and Rachel Wilson

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Education of international students is central to the aims, orientation and financial viability of many universities. However, the way that culture impacts on the experiences of international students remains largely unexplored. This may be due to two factors: first, much of the previous research treats the entire international cohort as a homogeneous group without investigating the diversity of cultural backgrounds and; second, the research methods used to investigate student 'experiences' in universities are dominated by quantitative surveys that leave little room for exploring personal perspectives and new issues. This book higlights the cultural issues that emerge in the experiences of international students. The authors explore the Australian international tertiary education sector and focus on one cultural group. Through a culturally-sensitive theoretical framework, the experiences of students from the Indian subcontinent are given voice. The resulting personal accounts provide a platform upon which more appropriate policy, marketing, pedagogy and future research can develop to provide tertiary systems that are more responsive to the needs of students.
  • ISBN10 3035103445
  • ISBN13 9783035103441
  • Publish Date 17 January 2012
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country CH
  • Imprint Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
  • Edition 180th ed.
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 242
  • Language English