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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 45 COURSES AND DISCIPLINES >EnginEEring And it developing critical thinking and an innovative approach The Australian educational style encourages independence, creativity, critical thinking and intellectual debate. These skills develop problem-solving and foster innovation, explains Kiri Joyce, a graduate from RMIT University. ‘Tertiary students in Australia are encouraged to develop an independent approach and take responsibility for their own learning.’ Australia prides itself on being a ‘clever country’ – one which creates breakthroughs in research, solves problems with critical thinking and fosters ideas and innovation. This approach is reflected in Australia’s educational style. Australia has a practical learning style that encourages independent thought and intellectual debate. For many international students, this is a different style from their home country. You will be expected to understand a topic fully, rather than rote learning answers. Overall, you will become an independent learner and develop your skills in critical thinking. creAtive leArning ApproAch Tertiary students in Australia are encouraged to develop an independent approach and take responsibility for their own learning. This includes getting to class on time, completing the reading material outside of class, and staying on track with essays and assessment tasks that are due. Rather than learning by rote, which is common in some other countries, students in Australia take an active part in their learning by questioning their tutor, researching and creating new ideas. You will be expected to contribute to tutorial discussions and may have to present a topic to the class. Often the focus of a tutorial is to discuss an issue from many different perspectives, rather than finding a ‘right’ answer. Your essay writing may be more of an argumentative style, rather than a descriptive style. Universities and vocational institutions help their international students adapt to the Australian study style through orientation programs and study support. You can talk to your faculty or international office to take part in a study skills workshop or additional English language assistance. Through these workshops, you can enhance your skills in writing essays, delivering oral presentations and taking lecture notes. Above: The Australian education style encourages students to think critically, creatively and ‘outside of the box’.
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