The Chinese learner in the New Zealand university environment

  • Carolyn Tait


There are increasing numbers of Chinese students in New Zealand tertiary institutions. These students are challenged to adjust to new learning environments but, at the same time, staff are challenged to adjust to their teaching to include these students. The Student Approaches to Learning (SAL) theory provides a means to consider literature that is relevant in understanding the motives and strategies that these students bring to New Zealand and the process of change in a new learning environment. This knowledge may allow tertiary educators to consider their role in facilitating desirable approaches to learning in diverse student groups.


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Author Biography

Carolyn Tait
Carolyn Tait is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington. She researches in the area of culturally and linguistically diverse students and assessment.
How to Cite
TAIT, Carolyn. The Chinese learner in the New Zealand university environment. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], v. 21, july 2012. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2020. doi: