WHDL - 00014675
WHDL - 00014675
Higher education in China, as we know it today, began in the 1970s. Coming out of the changes of the Cultural Revolution, universities were formed, and areas of study took shape following a Western model. Since then, higher education in China has continued to modernize, preparing a generation of people to work in a modern and global world. With the advancement of higher education in China, research into this field has grown as well. Much of this research has looked at student achievement or governmental issues. As education in China has advanced, the number of Chinese students studying overseas has also increased. Today, Chinese students make up about 33% of the American international student population. However, even with these numbers, research into Chinese students studying in America has generally focused on language and culture adjustment. No research has yet looked at a broad range of skills and listened to student perceptions. Through personal interviews, this study examined Chinese HEI, Gongli Daxue, student perceptions of preparation for graduate study in America, and whether or not students learned the skills needed for graduate study in American in their undergraduate studies in China. Results from this research showed a disconnect between what skills students need to succeed in university in America and what skills they are taught in college in China. Thus, recommendations are made as to how educators in China and America can bridge this gap. Recommendations include preparing students in college for a global world, as well as American graduate programs, understanding cultural and educational differences to better engage in conversations with their international students. The goal of the study was to provide research to assist in ensuring that as more Chinese come to study in America, they find themselves well prepared for the experience.
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