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|Title:||Exploring student diversity: Local and international first year pharmacy students||Contributor(s):||Stupans, Ieva (author); Elliott, Elizabeth E (author); March, Geoff (author)||Publication Date:||2011||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9621||Abstract:||The Australian higher education sector has undergone significant changes in the last two decades with a wider and more diverse student population. Although the number of international students commencing in Australian universities is currently in decline, international students contribute to student diversity. The authors of this paper sought to explore aspects of this diversity through use of a questionnaire composed of questions from the literature around learning/instructional design. Questions eliciting responses from international students could be categorised into three groups: those that indicated differences between international and local students at the point of entry and after one year of study; those where responses were initially different, but after one year were similar and; those that were similar at the point of entry for both international and local students. Focus groups of both international and local students provided additional insight into the students' perceptions of their learning environment. This study is of a relatively small cohort of students, however - some of the unexpected findings such as reports by international students of hostile interactions with other students deserve further interrogation. The critical difference for international students after one year of study is around communication confidence.||Publication Type:||Conference Publication||Conference Name:||Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME): Teaching for Diversity - Challenges and Strategies, Melbourne, Australia, 28th - 30th September, 2011||Conference Details:||Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME): Teaching for Diversity - Challenges and Strategies, Melbourne, Australia, 28th - 30th September, 2011||Source of Publication:||Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011 (17th Annual Uniserve Science Conference), p. 156-161||Publisher:||UniServe Science||Place of Publication:||Sydney, Australia||Field of Research (FOR):||119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||929999 Health not elsewhere classified||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication||Other Links:||http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/IISME/article/view/4800
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