undertake university courses. Whilst most of these students are very successful in their degrees
(Hawthorne, 2000), some do experience difficulty along the way. Students find inevitably that
doing all their study in English poses a significant challenge. Others find that the ways of
studying can be different from what they are used to in their home educational culture.
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In particular, the authors explore the question of
whether students from different cultures think differently. Whilst they admit that it is difficult
to draw firm conclusions here, they do think that overseas students in Australian universities
"often bring different purposes to their thinking and learning" (p.9). By this, they mean that
students can approach academic tasks in a manner that is different from that expected by their
3 To support this idea, the authors present a number of case studies, in particular a Japanese
economics student's response to the following essay topic: Compare Friedman's views of
economic policy in post-war Europe with those of Samuelson. This student's essay consisted
mainly of biographical information about the two theorists without providing any details about
their respective views. Clearly this approach was at odds with that expected by the lecturer.
The student later explained that his response would be the required approach to such a task in a
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