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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 117 STuDy culTuRe 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. lectures and tutorials At university, the course structure is broken up into lectures and tutorials. Lectures are usually held in lecture theatres with between 30 and 200 students in attendance. In a lecture, a professor or lecturer will address a topic and students will take notes. A lecture is one hour long and may include electronic presentations. At some universities, lecture notes will also be available on the website. A tutorial or seminar will be in a classroom setting with 15 to 20 students and run for one to three hours. Tutorials are more informal with class discussion and debate about the lecture topic. Your tutor will encourage the exchange of questions and ideas. In most courses, students are expected to participate in group activities and assignments. These aspects will often be incorporated into your assessment criteria. Outside of class hours, you are expected to do the required reading for your course and relevant research, assignments or practical work. In vocational courses, classes tend to be smaller and more interactive. You will still have lectures and tutorials but often with a stronger practical component. Vocational training is typically more focused on specific work skills and, therefore, the assessment criteria will be on your demonstrated skills and competency. Some international students find that Australia’s study environment seems more casual than in their home country. Lecturers and tutors are usually addressed by their first names, and wide- ranging debate among classmates is common. However, students still treat their lecturers and tutors with respect and value their academic experience and opinions. » Left: Class discussion and group work is par t of the Australian study style. Image: Central Institute of Technology. Right: Australian institutions tend to have less scheduled class time but you must do more self-directed learning outside of class. Image: Bigstock. ‘The Australian study style will help you develop as an individual and give you the skills for a successful future.’ independent thought and intellectual debate when you come to australia, you will not only be living in a different culture but also studying in a different way. The australian educational style encourages independence, creativity, critical thinking and intellectual debate, explains kiri Joyce, a recent RMiT university graduate.
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