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The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment

Tucker, Richard and Ang, Susan 2007, The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment, Emirates journal for engineering research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

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Title The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment
Author(s) Tucker, Richard
Ang, Susan
Journal name Emirates journal for engineering research
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher College of Engineering, UAE University
Place of publication Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1022-9892
Keyword(s) collaboration
internationalisation
culturally inclusive design andragogy
Summary Teaching models common to Australasia can be antithetical to those of its Asian neighbours. Australasian andragogy is a bottom-up student-centred mode of knowledge transmission promoting extroverted learning styles, whilst in Asia andragogy is commonly a top-down teachercentred model promoting introspective learning. Yet these teaching styles are in opposition to the cultural-systems attributed to Asia and the West. Such socio-cultural differences are recognised in this research as contributing to the difficulties international Built Environment undergraduates experience when asked to learn in multi-disciplinary collaborative teams. This paper presents the initial stages of a study currently running as a reflexive research program aimed at resolving these learning difficulties. The primary aim of this program is to inform a new culturally inclusive andragogy for design teaching. The outcome of the research questions are addressed through a triangulated analysis including: the formative appraisal of student satisfaction through questionnaires; the summative evaluation of student achievement through the analysis of grades and the assessment of knowledge and skills gained through the measure of student design projects; and illuminative evaluation through focus group discussions and the observation of tutorials.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, United Arab Emirates University, College of Engineering
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