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Title: A mixed methods study of learning styles and adaption issues of Thai postgraduate students in England
Author: Eaves, Mina Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 3056
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2009
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This study aimed to develop insight into the learning issues and support needs of postgraduate Thai students at English universities, given limited research available in this area. Focus groups and interviews using twenty-eight Thai postgraduate business students were conducted to learn about their initial impressions of studying in England compared to Thailand. Questionnaires were used to compare this data with the students' perceptions of study demands six months later. Two tutors at English universities were also interviewed about the support needs of Thai students. Data analyses suggest that Thai students perceive substantial differences in studying between their Thai and English universities that include teaching and learning styles, assessment and self-study demands. Vermunt's (1994) Inventory of Learning Styles (ILS) was used to compare changes in the learning styles of Thai students in England (N=26) with the scores of European students in England (N=16) and Thai students in Thailand (N=122), aU from postgraduate Business courses, at the start of the course and six months later. The findings of one-way independent ANOVA tests indicated significant differences (p<.Ol) in learning styles between the three samples, indicating areas for study support. Recommendations to support the learning processes and adaptation of Thai international students are suggested.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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