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ERIC Number: ED438756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-17
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching, Learning, and Working with International Students: A Case Study.
Parker, D. Randall
This case study of a program for Taiwanese students at Louisiana Tech University examined the challenges and rewards of working with international students. Data for the study come from the literature on international education, interviews with Taiwanese graduate students in the program, observations of classes, personal reflections of the researcher, and interviews with participating faculty. Challenges included coping with students' culture shock and language limitations, determining students' experiential base, and helping students adjust to the academic environment and requirements of a U.S. university. The Taiwanese students had to cope with concepts of individualism versus competition (students tended to be competitive and have difficulty engaging in collaborative learning activities), equality and informality (many found the informal academic setting unsettling and were uncomfortable asking repeated questions), different reasoning styles (students tended to be task oriented, an approach not conducive to development of critical thinking), time versus process orientation (students found techniques such as discovery learning inappropriate), and plagiarism. Rewards and advantages of the experience included the building of cross-cultural awareness and the development of greater cultural and global understanding among faculty and students. Another advantage was the improvement of communication and socialization skills of faculty and students through discourse and informal conversations. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan