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Academic challenges and strategies: an SRL comparison of Canadian-domestic and Chinese-international students’ transition to university

The purpose of this study was to examine challenges encountered by Chinese-international students’ self-regulated learning (SRL) in university courses in Canada and compare them to challenges experienced by domestic students. Participants included 38 Chinese-international students and 106 Canadian-domestic students studied in a self-regulated learning (SRL) strategies learning course. Weekly over 10 weeks, participants (a) rated their experiences with a list of possible challenges, (b) identified their dominant challenges from a list, (c) identified one possible strategy for addressing the dominant challenge, and (d) rated how successful the strategy selected was. Findings indicated that domestic students reported higher proportional frequency of motivation challenges, compared to the other group. From the perspective of strategy use, domestic participants reported persisting strategies more often, but Chinese-international students more frequently reported social-regulation strategies. The most dominant challenge reported by both Canadian-domestic students and Chinese-international students is motivation challenge. For addressing the motivation challenge, domestic students most frequently reported an Adjust or change strategy, but Chinese-international students reported a Social-oriented strategy. Both groups identified that their strategies use was a moderate success. Findings from this study will inform policy and practice in the area of intercultural learning by identifying specific challenges to be addressed in supporting Chinese-international students and Canadian-domestic students. / Graduate
Date04 October 2017
CreatorsHuang, Yushu (Sherry)
ContributorsHadwin, Allyson
Source SetsUniversity of Victoria
LanguageEnglish, English
Detected LanguageEnglish
RightsAvailable to the World Wide Web

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