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Theme: Student Populations and Diversity

Student-centred learning and international students

Assoc. Prof. Sandra Jones and Piotr Sobiecki (MBA International Student)
School of Management

It is argued in this paper that if universities are to graduate students with critical analytical and reflective capabilities required in a knowledge economy greater emphasis needs to be placed on designing a student-centred learning environment. The paper explores the challenges in implementing this educational pedagogy for both teachers and students, particularly international students whose educational experience has been more teacher-centred. Research into the experience of a group of first-year postgraduate international students enrolled in an MBA at a leading Australian university is used to discuss these challenges. The paper aims to both identify the challenges for, and suggest an approach required by, universities to ensure that a student-centred learning experience at post-graduate level results in desired outcomes.

Full Paper in MS Word

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