Learning expectations of different ethnic groups: an exploration

Trish Baker, Marbeth Isaac, Mingsheng Li, and Ken Marshall

Abstract: This paper, based on quantitative research conducted in two New Zealand tertiary institutions, challenges the existing popular concept that the learning expectations of international students are fundamentally different from those of local students. The research findings suggest that, apart from international students’ language difficulties and lack of familiarity with Western academic conventions, there are more commonalities than differences between local and international students in terms of learning expectations. It concludes that an institution’s emphasis on overall quality teaching and pastoral care will benefit both local and international students.