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Pathway from vocational education and associate degree to higher education: Chinese international students in Australia

Cao, Ling and Tran, Ly Thi 2015, Pathway from vocational education and associate degree to higher education: Chinese international students in Australia, Asia Pacific journal of education, vol. 35, no. 2, Special Issue: Citizenship Education in Asia, pp. 274-289, doi: 10.1080/02188791.2014.881318.

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Title Pathway from vocational education and associate degree to higher education: Chinese international students in Australia
Author(s) Cao, Ling
Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi orcid.org/0000-0001-6543-6559
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of education
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue: Citizenship Education in Asia
Start page 274
End page 289
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0218-8791
1742-6855
Keyword(s) international students
vocational education
associate degree
pathway to higher education
Summary Understanding factors influencing international students' decision to engage in international education is essential for education providers to better cater for students' educational expectations and enhance their attractiveness to international students. Whilst there has been extensive research on the reasons why international students undertake cross-border higher education, international students' motivations for enrolling in vocational education and associate degree programmes are still under-researched. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with 30 international students from China, this research found that pathway to higher education appears to be the most important factor motivating international students to undertake vocational education and associate degree programmes. In addition, prospect of immigration, English language proficiency, previous academic performance, agent's recommendations and relatives' and friends' advice are amongst the important factors that students take into account in their decision to choose vocational education and associate degree programmes. This research also examines why Chinese international students have chosen vocational education programmes in a dual-sector university over vocational education colleges. It found that the flexibility to articulate to higher education, international reputation of the programme, practical training and favourable location are key issues that these students draw on when making their decision to study in a dual-sector university.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02188791.2014.881318
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061217

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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