A comparative study on the students’ concepts on learning

Author/s:

Ao, Xue-Lian
College of Education, Minzu University of China, China (aoxuelian999@126.com)

Ching, Gregory S.*
Graduate School of Educational Leadership & Development, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan (gregory_ching@yahoo.com)

Lin, Pei-Hsuan
Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (d984411046@ms.lhu.edu.tw)

Abstract:

As the world around us change, aspects of our daily living also changes. With the advancement of technology; students’ access to information has totally changed. Such phenomenon has all together changed how students perceived learning. Recently, in Taiwan, higher education institutions are focused on increasing their international student populations. With this in mind, a qualitative study is undertaken to compare the different insights between international and local students’ concepts on learning. Participants are volunteer international and local students of a technical and vocational university in Taiwan. A series of focus group interviews is conducted on various student groups, coming from different countries such as: Vietnam, Korea, Finland, and Taiwan. Similar questions regarding the students’ perception on the concepts or goals (objectives) of learning are asked. Findings are able to provide valuable insights and suggestions to the various stakeholders in the academic community, such as administrators, faculty, students, and parents. More importantly, in order to become competitive in the future, students should be exposed to a more positive learning environment, which can foster and develop the students’ positive concepts of learning.

Keywords: student learning experiences; qualitative study; focus group interview; honor and integrity in student; positive learning environment

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2014.697

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