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ERIC Number: ED474163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-6
Pages: 26
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The Learning Experiences of Chinese Graduate Students in American Social Sciences Programs.
Lin, Lin
This study explored the learning problems Chinese graduate students face in U.S. social science classrooms and how they cope with these problems. The focus was on the conflicts students perceived between their own learning styles and the American way of teaching and learning. Interviews were conducted with three Chinese graduate students in the United States and the researcher also drew on her own experiences as a graduate student from China in the United States. Course assignments and course syllabi were also collected from the participants. Analyses of these data show that when these students could use their prior knowledge as resources for their individual learning, they had positive learning experiences. Learning challenges for these students included language proficiency in classroom discussions, a lack of training in research skills, a lack of exposure to current research in related fields, and a lack of cultural knowledge or understanding. These students felt they had no close friends among Americans because they had few common topics of interest. All of these participants had been excellent students in China and were accustomed to Chinese teaching and learning styles, so that the open and individualistic atmosphere in the U.S. classroom had a great impact on them. While they found it easy to use statistics skills, using university facilities and writing a reference list were difficult for them. Once they overcame these frustrations, they found their learning experiences to be rewarding. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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