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ERIC Number: EJ1000684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
Understanding Chinese Students' Learning Needs in Western Business Classrooms
Foster, K. Dale; Stapleton, Donna M.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v24 n3 p301-313 2012
This study was motivated by a recognized tension experienced by teachers and students resulting from an increasingly internationalized university classroom. We propose that this tension is exacerbated in business classrooms because of the participatory nature of many of the pedagogical tools used in these classrooms, tools which have been designed for Western students rather than those from Eastern cultures. These pedagogical tools include in-class discussions, student presentations, case analyses, and group work. This study examines the attitudes and opinions of Chinese students enrolled in Western business courses toward these specific pedagogical tools. We believe that this is the first study to look at these issues using a student lens. Three major themes emerge from the study: (1) Chinese students have a strong desire to be prepared for their classes; (2) Chinese students are not averse to participating in class; and (3) Chinese students want help, both academic and social. Our findings add depth to existing research by expanding on what is known about the Chinese learner and create awareness amongst business instructors and support staff to enhance classroom learning and teaching for all students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong