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Mutual Adaptation Of International Students And Academics For The Sustainable Development Of International Education, Tran Ly Thi Jan 2008

Mutual Adaptation Of International Students And Academics For The Sustainable Development Of International Education, Tran Ly Thi

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This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study that explores how international students from China and Vietnam in different disciplines in Australian higher education interpret and adapt to disciplinary requirements and how academics respond to the diverse needs of international students. The study employed a trans-disciplinary framework for interpreting students‘ and lecturers' practices within institutional structures. This framework has been developed by infusing a modified version of Lillis‘ (2001) heuristic for exploring students‘ meaning making with positioning theory (Harré & van Langenhove, 1999). A prominent finding of the study indicates the emergence of three main forms of adaptation, committed adaptation ...