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Improving Class Participation by Asian Students

Improving Class Participation by Asian Students
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Author(s): Indrawati Nataatmadja (University of Technology, Australia), Alan Sixsmith (University of Technology, Australia) and Laurel Dyson (University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch018
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Encouraging International students, particularly those with poor English proficiency, to participate fully in university classes has long been recognized as a major challenge. This paper reports on a study into addressing this issue within the context of Information Technology. The researchers interviewed 20 academics from a Faculty of Information Technology at an Australian University as well as conducting focus groups of 36 Local and International students. A number of cultural and language factors were identified and several strategies for improving class participation by International students were suggested.

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