Ms Jian Zhao1, Dr Elaine Chapman1, Professor Thomas O’Donoghue1
1University Of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
In 2017, international students contributed almost $32 billion to Australia’s economy (Maslen, 2018), more than half of which was attributable to students from China (McGowan, 2018). Indeed, China has by now become the most significant source of international students for Australian universities. Accordingly, studies are required on all aspects of their experiences. This paper is one contribution to the field. It presents the results of a qualitative study where the aim was to generate theory on the perspectives of mainland Chinese postgraduate students (MCPSs) on their studies at an Australian university at the end of their first year of enrolment. Data were obtained through engaging in one-on-one in-depth semi-structured interviews of current MCPSs at one Australian university and were analysed using grounded theory approaches. Results are presented in relation to commonalities, divergence and idiosyncrasies in participants’ perspectives. Implications for further research are also considered.
Jian Zhao is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. She is from China and now doing research on Chinese international students in Australian Higher Education.
Tom O’Donoghue is Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. He specialises in the history of education in the English-speaking world, with particular reference to the history of teachers and the process of education in faith-based schools.