Instructional Insights Gained From Teaching a Research Methods Course to Chinese International Graduate Students Studying in Canada

Authors

  • Jacqueline L. Beres Brock University, Canada
  • Vera E. Woloshyn Brock University, Canada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.296

Keywords:

Chinese graduate students, research methods, co-instruction, reflexive ethnography

Abstract

Chinese students represent an increasing proportion of the student body in Canadian postsecondary institutions (Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2015). While studying abroad, many of these students face linguistic and sociocultural challenges (Zhang, 2016), resulting in calls for Western instructors to provide linguistically and culturally sensitive instruction (Lin & Scherz, 2014). In this qualitative study, we utilized a form of reflexive ethnography (Enfield & Stasz, 2011) to outline our experiences teaching a required research methodology course to Chinese graduate students. Specifically, we discuss our pedagogical efforts in context of utilizing students’ reported research experiences, facilitating their acquisition of subject-specific vocabulary, and fostering a collaborative learning environment. We conclude by offering instructional suggestions to others who teach research methodologies to Chinese students.

Author Biographies

Jacqueline L. Beres, Brock University, Canada

JACQUELINE L. BERES, MEd, is a doctoral student in the Joint PhD in Educational Studies program at Brock University. She is interested in graduate student socialization, the scholarship of teaching and learning, research methods, and international students. 

Vera E. Woloshyn, Brock University, Canada

VERA E. WOLOSHYN, PhD, is a professor of education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in cognition and learning, educational psychology, service learning, and research methods. Her primary research interests include the exploration of effective learning environments for diverse learners including international students. 

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Published

2018-07-01

How to Cite

Beres, J. L., & Woloshyn, V. E. (2018). Instructional Insights Gained From Teaching a Research Methods Course to Chinese International Graduate Students Studying in Canada. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 728–743. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.296

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Research Articles