An analysis of Chinese students’ use of Chinese essay references: Another role for international students in the internationalisation of the curriculum

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Abstract

Many studies have addressed the needs and challenges of international students in their host countries; however, there is relatively less work on the potential contributions these students make to their curricula. This article presents a bibliographic analysis of the academic references (n=7,273) used by Chinese students to construct their final essays on the theme of education and international development at a leading global university based in the United Kingdom. It examines (1) what knowledge resources are used in their essays; and (2) what the characteristics and patterns of these choices are. When allowed to construct their own essays, Chinese students appear to choose to use a significant proportion of Chinese knowledge resources within English academic essays. This use increases when their lecturers and tutors explain and accept the value of non-English academic resources. This article then discusses the implications of this result for lecturers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-52
Number of pages24
JournalLearning and Teaching in the Social Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • academic writing
  • Chinese international students
  • Chinese references
  • curriculum
  • essay references
  • internationalisation

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