Comparisons of Motivation of Different Chinese Background Students in Australian Tertiary Education

By Shi Li.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study investigated the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of 179 Chinese background students at two Australian universities in 2007. Students from mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore completed an OEDC model questionnaire with a focus on motivation which is regarded as the driving force behind learning. This paper seeks to discover the motivation of Chinese background students in taking courses or units at Australian universities, in order to shed some light on curriculum design for Australian universities. Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used in this study. The findings of this study can be used to assist in the curriculum development for Australian universities, and can also suggest effective teaching methods for Chinese background school students in higher education of Australia.

Keywords: Chinese Background Students, Australian University, Curriculum Design, Motivation, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.688KB).

Dr Shi Li

Lecturer, School of Arts, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

My research interest is principally in the fields of teaching and learning strategies, especially foreign language learning strategies, and intercultural awareness of different Chinese national groups.


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