ERIC Number: EJ1023694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Academic Difficulties Encountered by East Asian International University Students in New Zealand
Lee, Boram; Farruggia, Susan P.; Brown, Gavin T. L.
Higher Education Research and Development, v32 n6 p915-931 2013
The study focused on learning difficulties experienced by East Asian International (EAI) students. Participants were 117 EAI students undertaking tertiary study at a major university, all were surveyed and 21 students were interviewed. The findings suggest that language limitations, academic content and learning styles were associated with difficulties in their learning. Difficulties with academic content appeared to act as the major barrier to their academic performance rather than English language. This is contrary to earlier findings, where Asian students often experienced difficulties in tasks that are particularly related to language proficiency. The study also contradicted the popular belief that Asian students are only surface learners.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Asians, Foreign Students, Cognitive Style, Higher Education, Universities, Student Surveys, Interviews, Academic Achievement, Language Proficiency, English for Academic Purposes, Memorization, Learning Strategies, Student Characteristics, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Correlation, Factor Analysis, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Academic Failure
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand