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Chaos or complex systems? Identifying factors influencing the success of international and NESB graduate research students in Engineering and Information Technology Fields

Woodman, Karen, Trevelyan, James, Sahama, Tony R., Gudimetla, Prasad, Sharda, Hema, Lucey, Tony, Taji, Acram, Narayanaswamy, Ramesh, & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2011) Chaos or complex systems? Identifying factors influencing the success of international and NESB graduate research students in Engineering and Information Technology Fields. In Torres, I. Candel, Chova, L.G., & Martinez, A. L. (Eds.) ICERI2011 Proceedings CD, IATED Publications, Convention Centre - Melia Castilla, Madrid.

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Abstract

The paper explores the results an on-going research project to identify factors influencing the success of international and non-English speaking background (NESB) gradúate students in the fields of Engineering and IT at three Australian universities: the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Western Australia (UWA), and Curtin University (CU). While the larger study explores the influence of factors from both sides of the supervision equation (e.g., students and supervisors), this paper focusses primarily on the results of an online survey involving 227 international and/or NESB graduate students in the areas of Engineering and IT at the three universities. The study reveals cross-cultural differences in perceptions of student and supervisor roles, as well as differences in the understanding of the requirements of graduate study within the Australian Higher Education context. We argue that in order to assist international and NESB research students to overcome such culturally embedded challenges, it is important to develop a model which recognizes the complex interactions of factors from both sides of the supervision relationship, in order to understand this cohort‟s unique pedagogical needs and develop intercultural sensitivity within postgraduate research supervision.

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ID Code: 48240
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: NESB graduate students, higher degree research students, international graduate students, supervising international students, research supervision in engineering and IT , HERN
ISBN: 9788461533244
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 23:10
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2012 14:37

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