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Linking Learning Style Preferences and Ethnicity: International Students Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management in Australia

Author(s): Paul Barron | Charles Arcodia

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

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: learning styles | international hospitality students

International student enrolment at Australian higher education institutions has grown significantly over the past decade. Traditionally, many international students who study for an Australian qualification originate from Asia and a majority of these students are of Confucian culture heritage. While there is a growing body of literature that explores learning issues of Asian students involved in Australian higher education, there are examples in the literature that promote stereotypical views of the strengths and weaknesses of international students. This paper examines the individual and collective preferred learning style of a sample of Confucian heritage culture university students, analyses links between ethnic origins and preferred learning style and suggests that preferred learning styles should be taken into consideration when developing a curriculum which is accessed by international students.
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