This paper examines research carried out with Chinese distance learners in Hong Kong. The purpose of the research was to improve the educational experience of Hong Kong Chinese students studying distance learning courses of Sheffield Hallam University. The paper examines the teaching and learning preferences of Chinese learners, focusing upon Chinese students' perceptions of the role of the lecturer. This concept was investigated through the use of a single case study of 25 students who were studying for higher education qualifications by distance learning in Hong Kong. The case study investigation comprised 3 elements. These were a questionnaire that was completed by all 25 students; interviews with teaching staffand an e-mail focus group. Important findings from this research were that the role of the role of the teacher/lecturer is seen by Chinese students as didactic. S/he is also considered to be a friend by the Chinese students, a person who shows "heart" and is seen as a figure that provides moral guidance. These findings were not consistent with the role of distance learning teachers/lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The paper concludes by making recommendations concerning the role of the distance learning tutor/lecturer and suggesting methods of more closely aligning this with the desired pedagogy of the Chinese distance learner.
|Keywords:||Distance Learning, Internationalisation, Perceptions, Role of the Teacher/Lecturer|
Faculty Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator, Faculty of Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
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