This presentation was delivered at the joint HEA/UKCISA Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education Conference that took place at the University of Warwick on 16th and 17th June 2011.
Much of the research on approaches to studying in higher education has been carried out in Europe and Australia but several studies have considered the situation of “the Chinese learner”. Indeed it has been argued that an approach combining memorising with understanding is typical of students from “Confucian - heritage cultures”. However these studies have confounded the effects of culture and context. Our research compared students from mainland China with British students taking the same postgraduate programmes in the UK. They completed the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory (RASI).