A Study on International Students’ Perceptions of Quality Learning in Australia

By Helena Hing Wa Sit and Kanika Meshram.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Australia is one of the leading providers of international education. Business schools in Australian universities have become the largest destination for overseas students. The peculiarity of the international student community is their diversity in language, culture, and educational backgrounds. Despite such diversity amongst international students along with their growing numbers in transnational education and economic benefits to business schools, research shows that business schools in Australia rarely sought international students’ perspectives, nor have they taken sufficient measures to incorporate student diversity into their academic programs. However, disregarding international students’ perspectives can be detrimental as it can incapacitate business schools’ competitiveness in the educational market. This study attempts to explore international students’ perceptions of quality learning through identifying specific key issues related to their learning and to develop pedagogical innovation. Qualitative interviews and a discourse analysis using the technique of ethnographic focus group were employed as the mixed-research methods. The findings would shed new light on quality learning and teaching in the climate of a growing number of international students seeking higher education in Australia. This study will not only provide solid evidence for business schools to innovate pedagogical practices but also prepare students for careers in a rapidly changing, highly competitive global workforce.

Keywords: Cross-cultural Learning and Teaching, Learner Diversity, Cultural Inclusivity, Internationalisation, Globalisation

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 8, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 490.872KB)).

Dr. Helena Hing Wa Sit

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Newcastle, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Kanika Meshram

Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia