The dilemma experienced by students coming from Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC) when referencing

Yang, Moli, and Lin, Sili (2010) The dilemma experienced by students coming from Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC) when referencing. In: 2010 APSSA proceedings. 4B (i ). From: 12th International Asia Pacific Student Services Association Conference 2010 , 6 - 9 July 2010, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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This paper attempts to highlight the dilemma experienced by students coming from Confucian cultural heritage when they use reference in academic writing for their higher education in Australia. Australia has successfully recruited hundreds of thousands of international students to Australian higher education. Amongst of these students more than 100,000 are from Confucian Heritage Cultures (CHC. CHC students refer to students from countries or regions such as mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia or Korea, where Confucian heritage was shared historically. Many CHC students have experienced difficulties in adopting into the new academic and social environment and witnessed the clashes between homeland and the host country cultures. Their different perceptions and practice in citation, referencing and incorporating others’ ideas have resulted in many accusations of plagiarism and misperceptions.

The focus of this paper concentrates on these students' learning approaches and styles and associated problems. This paper evaluates literature conducted among all such students who are studying in Australia. The paper identifies both positive and negative perceptions and highlights several misperceptions on students from Confucian cultural heritage that are commonly held by Western academics. Finally, the paper presents an overview of strategies that might be adopted by Western academics can assist universities and lecturers in developing supportive institutional structures and learning environments for international students coming from Confucian heritage cultures, in order to make these students' experiences in Australian universities more enjoyable and successful.

Item ID: 16617
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: study experience, Confucian Heritage Cultures, international students, plagiarism, cultural adaption
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Funders: JCU International
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 03:43
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies @ 40%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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