Chinese Curriculum Design and Motivation of Chinese Background Students in Australian Tertiary Education

Shi Li


This study explores the need for a change in the current Chinese curriculum for Chinese-background students at the University of Newcastle (UoN). It examines the motivation behind the learning behaviour of Chinese-background students enrolling in the discipline of Chinese at the UoN as well as Chinese curriculum design at other Australian universities. The data from two sources were collected and analysed, Chinese-background students in the Chinese discipline at the UoN and lecturers in the Chinese discipline at six Australian universities. The findings of this study can be used to assist in the curriculum development for the Chinese program at the UoN.

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