Learning in the Global Classroom

Learning in the Global Classroom

A Guide for Students in the Multicultural University

Carol Dalglish, Peter Evans and Lynda Lawson

This unique and fascinating book is written for tertiary level students in the multicultural classroom, whether studying abroad or at home alongside international students. It relates a genuine understanding of the student perspective of learning in a multicultural classroom, highlighting how students possess different learning styles and attitudes to teaching and learning and demonstrating that students not only face language issues, but also numerous other unanticipated challenges.

Chapter 6: The Challenges and Skills of Participation

Carol Dalglish, Peter Evans and Lynda Lawson

Subjects: business and management, international business, management education, education, management education, teaching and learning


At my school and at the University I studied my undergraduate degree, we were taught to respect and honor lecturers. It was unacceptable to ask questions of them in class as this showed they had not taught well. We were taught that books are from where you learn. (Postgraduate student in an Australian university) Effective learning consists of a number of interrelated functions in a learning environment. Being prepared to be an active participant in your own learning will ease the burden of learning, enhance the quality of what you learn, and contribute to you feeling that you are managing your learning process effectively. Participation is about communication and conversation and that creates contacts, interpersonal relationships that lead to friendship. Often university or college life can seem daunting because it is a new environment and in most cases much bigger than your previous learning environment. Through participation you can break that environment down into human dimensions, find friendships, find support networks, and feel more comfortable as you immerse yourself in your learning environment. Students being actively engaged in classroom activity, supportive of each other and civil in their exchanges is the beginning of effective participation. Class participation is one major vehicle towards achieving quality learning (Petress 2006). You can become involved through your willingness to ask questions, to answer questions put by the teacher and to engage in discussion activities with other members of the class. These are relatively simple steps, but if you are a shy, retiring person even...

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