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‘A Challenging But Worthwhile Learning Experience!' - Asian International Students' Perspective of Undertaking a Dissertation in the UK

Author(s): Rong Huang

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Dissertation | Research Methods | International Students

Over the past decade international student enrolment at British higher education institutions has grown significantly. The majority of international students that study for a British qualificationoriginate from Asia and especially from China. In Britain a dissertation is a significant form of assessment in the postgraduate curriculum. This paper aims to explore the international students’perspective of undertaking dissertations in tourism and hospitality management in the UK. Through personal interviews with 40 international students from Asian countries from April to May 2005, the experience of undertaking a dissertation was examined. Microanalysis was adopted to understand their experience. Empirical results indicated that there were three main reasons for choosing aresearch topic. For the students the positive experiences gained from writing their dissertations were generated from learning useful information and peer support. Their negative experiences were relatedto difficulties in meeting the demands of writing critically, the relationships with their supervisors because of cultural barriers, and also access to data.
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