Research and Psychological Experiences of International Postgraduate Students

By Nina Maadad and Sasikala Nallaya.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The greater mobility of students and academic staff has enhanced and forced a rethink of both curricula and assessment practices. Moreover, the diversity of students in an educational setting, be it a classroom or seminar presentation, evokes interesting patterns of interaction with other students, staff, learning material and context for learning. This paper explores the research and psychological experiences of international postgraduate students embarking on research at the School of Education, in an Australian university. The experiences of twelve international postgraduate students from diverse geographic, cultural, professional and educational backgrounds are documented. Supervisors, the academic interactions and communications come under scrutiny. The management of the research process often ignores the wealth of experience, expertise as well as knowledge that these students bring to the learning environment. The students were interviewed to document their experiences of the research culture in the Australian university where they are pursuing their study program. A case study was conducted to analyse factors affecting drive of institutions, research support and their impact on the learning outcomes. The study further examined how these experiences reflect on learning outcomes student and satisfaction. Twelve postgraduate students from the school of education were participants in this case study. Data was collected and analysed quantitatively.

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Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.457KB).

Dr. Nina Maadad

Bachelor of Teaching Coordinator, Languages Coordinator and Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Nina Maadad is a lecturer, the BTeach Coordinator and the Languages Coordinator at the School of Education in the University of Adelaide. The topic of her thesis was “Adaptation of Arab Immigrants to Australia: Psychological, cultural, social and educational aspects”. Her research focus is on Culture, Language and education.

Sasikala Nallaya

PhD Student, School of Education, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Sasikala completed her M.Ed (TESL) degree in the Universiti of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2002. She taught ESL in a secondary school in Malaysia from June 1999 to September 2003. Having developed a passion for teacher training, she joined the only education university in 2003 and was attached to the English language Department of the Faculty of Languages. She was involved in the training of English language teachers. She was also involved in individual and team research. She has presented papers in three international conferences. She is now being sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia to do her Phd.

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