A CROSS-CULTURAL LEARNING CASE STUDY: COMPREHENDING CHINESE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ADAPTING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES
The purpose of this study, entitled A Cross-cultural Learning Case Study: Chinese International Students Learning Approaches at Canadian Universities , is to understand the particular learning strategies that Chinese international students have developed to adjust to Canadian academic culture since arriving in Canada. I examine their beliefs about learning and their perceptions about current teaching and assessment approaches used at Canadian universities. In this thesis, I review the literature, which I build my study on, and describe the research methods I use in my thesis. For this case study, I interviewed Chinese international graduate students who are enrolled in master degree programmes. These student-participants all come from People s Republic of China (PRChina) and have lived in Canada for the purpose of pursuing their educational goals for more than six months but less than four years. I also interviewed Canadian professors, who have teaching experiences with Chinese international students, in order to collect various perspectives about my research focus. International students on Canadian campuses are very important because they enrich current teaching and research and bring their international experiences and diverse cultures to the Canadian academic setting, I believe the findings of this study can help Canadian educators know more about Chinese international students and improve their own teaching and assessment approaches for Chinese international students in particular and for international students in general. This understanding will also help Chinese educators and students recognize some of the differences between Canadian and Chinese academic cultures so that Chinese international students can be benefited more in their formal international educational experiences.
Education , University , Case studies , Foreign students , Psychology , Canada , Chinese students