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dc.contributor.authorPilcher, Nick
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Karen
dc.contributor.authorRiley, Jackie
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-02T10:34:05Z
dc.date.available2015-04-02T10:34:05Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationPilcher , N , Smith , K & Riley , J 2013 , ' International students’ first encounters with exams in the UK : superficially similar but deeply different ' , International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , vol. 25 , no. 1 , pp. 1-13 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 8334837
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/15737
dc.descriptionAll papers in IJTLHE are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
dc.description.abstractAlthough end of course exams remain a key mode of assessment in higher education, little research has focused on international students' experiences of exams. There seems to be a tacit assumption in most literature that exam preparation and strategies are universal, although differences in other areas of learning exist. As an exemplar, this article focuses on international students' first encounters with UK exams and shows that while exams may appear universal, students perceive real differences between the exams they experienced in their home countries and those in the UK. International students' previous experiences shaped their expectations and impacted on how they prepared for, undertook, and made sense of exams. We draw on findings from a questionnaire answered by 168 international students and in-depth "before" and "after" interviews with 21 students. The data show variety in previous experiences and expectations regarding how international students prepared for exams, the exam environment, and, most importantly, in exam answers students produced. We recommend that in addition to exploring differences in other areas of learning for international students, lecturers clarify what is expected in exams early on and use more exam-type tasks to expose and explore contrasts that lie hidden below the surface of exams.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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dc.titleInternational students’ first encounters with exams in the UK : superficially similar but deeply differenten
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Education
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/past2.cfm?v=25&i=1
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Education
dc.description.versiontypeFinal Published version
dcterms.dateAccepted2013
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
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