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International students, learning environments and perceptions: a case study using the Delphi technique

Roberston, M and Line, MA and Jones, SM and Thomas, SL (2000) International students, learning environments and perceptions: a case study using the Delphi technique. Higher Education Research & Development, 19 (1). pp. 89-102.

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While there are a number of reports on problems faced by international
students in Australia, there is little information on the perceptions of such students relative
to those of the academic staff teaching them. Using the Delphi technique, whereby problems
identi® ed are narrowed by consensus, a study conducted at one Australian university
highlighted some expected and some unexpected outcomes. Dif® culty understanding colloquial
language, cost of tuition and feelings of isolation ranked highest amongst the problems
cited by international students. Academic staff were critical of their own speed of lecturing,
as well as international students’ poor writing and critical thinking skills.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Research & Development
Page Range: pp. 89-102
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/07294360050020499
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Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008 05:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:47
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