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Academia Journal of Scientific Research 6(12): 470-476, December 2018
DOI: 10.15413/ajsr.2018.0706
ISSN: 2315-7712
2018 Academia Publishing 




A comparison of learning obstacles and teaching style preferences of international students from South Asia with local students of medical school in China


Accepted 21st December, 2018

Runsheng Jiaoa, Shuwei Jiaa, Xiaoran Wang, Xiaoyu Liu and Yu-Feng Wanga

Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150086, Chinaa.

Globalization of medical education faces the challenge of enhancing education efficiency for international medical students (ISs). To design and apply more efficient teaching methods for the ISs, it is essential to understand the difference in learning obstacles and teaching style preferences between ISs and local medical students (LSs). Thus, we investigated these issues through questionnaires among ISs and LSs in the same semester during physiology course in Harbin Medical University. Our survey revealed that a large number of ISs and LSs had difficulty in establishing connections between different courses learned in different semesters and in dealing with heavy course load in the same semester. Compared to the LSs, ISs had more problems in communicating with teachers but felt less course load. LSs preferred learning more through lectures and online resources while spent longer time studying independently after school hour; however, they had less interest in reading textbooks and actively interacting with the teacher. ISs preferred to distinguish themselves in learning tasks and interact with teachers in the classroom or through interactive website while they had higher expectations for educational reform that makes the teaching process more flexible with more students’ initiatives. Thus, in designing teaching modalities, these characteristics should be considered.

Key words: Basic science education, learning obstacles, physiology, South Asian students, teaching style preference.

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article as:
Jiao R, Jia S, Wang X, Liu X, Yu-Feng W (2018). A comparison of learning obstacles and teaching style preferences of international students from South Asia with local students of medical school in China. Acad. J. Sci. Res. 6(12): 470-476.

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