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Assessing cross-cultural variations in student study approaches - an ethnographic approach

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The influx of international students to Australian universities over the past decade has produced numerous studies on the cross-cultural issues concerning students' study and learning approaches. Ignoring the call for more robust research from a cross-cultural context, many studies have continued to conduct research on student study approaches without fully understanding or verifying the underlying cultural values that influence attitudes and behaviour. Consequently, explanations for student attitudes and behaviours are usually based on findings from other studies, stereotypes and assumptions. Acknowledging these problems in cross-cultural educational research, the aim of this paper is to explore the interaction of cultural values with student study attitudes and behaviour. In the endeavour to explicate multiple and unarticulated layers of interpretations of emergent and precise meaning of study approaches that tertiary students consider important across cultures, the authors propose an interpretive ethnographic approach in a naturalistic environment. Findings from a pilot ethnographic study are presented and briefly discussed.

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http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf1999/tan.html

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