By the Time I Understood How to Study, My Course was Over: International Indian Students in Australian Universities

By Hemani Kiran and Jane Elizabeth Southcott.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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Large numbers of international students hailing from diverse cultures and different learning environments are enrolled in Australian universities. Students and teachers retain motivations and strategies of learning that carry a distinctive impression of their cultural back- ground and their prior educational experience, which might be distinct from those of the host country. This research investigates the understandings of international tertiary students concerning their learning environments, goal orientations, and understandings of self-regulated learning. The participants in this study are international Indian students enrolled in Australian universities. This qualitative study has utilized a phenomenological approach to analyse data from semi-structured interviews. This research points to the necessity of creating intervention programs, which focus on the issue of maintaining motivation by creating self-awareness about goal orientations among students and linking them to the learning environment in which they are situated.

Keywords: International Education, Tertiary Education, Motivation and Goal Orientation, Learning Environments

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 246.131KB).

Hemani Kiran


Dr. Jane Elizabeth Southcott

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia