Xiantong Zhao

Xiantong Zhao
Southwest University in Chongqing | SWU · Faculty of Education

PhD

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Cross-border academic visits by university faculty members are becoming prevalent globally. Unlike previous research, which has focused on the cross-cultural adaptation arising from the cross-border movement of people, we view scholars' visiting experiences as a learning opportunity in light of Mezirow's transformative learning theory (TLT). We emp...
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The cultivation of critical thinking in undergraduates is crucial for teaching in higher education. Although scholars have defined critical thinking in various ways, limited study about critical thinking from the learner’s perspective. In this phenomenographic research, we collect essays written by 80 Chinese undergraduates with multiple disciplina...
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This study aims to explore and understand undergraduates’ experiences of teaching and learning in a Chinese-Australian collaborative programme. Data are collected mainly through in-depth interviews with 23 Chinese students and supplemented by classroom observation and document analysis. The findings reveal that although teaching and assessment diff...
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The aim of this article is to provide a systhesised review of the literature on conceptions of learning in both the western and Asian contexts. It follows Cooper’s (1988) steps for synthesising the literature. The review begins by examining definitions of conceptions of learning, a process that enables analysis of the quantitative and qualitative d...
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International academic visits by university faculty members are common around the world. While most researchers approach such an international experience in terms of intercultural communication and acculturation, in this study we view the travel experience as a learning opportunity in light of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory (TLT). Drawing...
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This paper provides a detailed introduction to the structures and practice of ideological and political education in Chinese universities. It draws on a thematic analysis of documents from the Chinese Communist Party and State sources, and data from 24 in-depth interviews with managers of ideological and political education, teaching staff, student...
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Early career academics are the key agents for the sustainable development of higher education institutions. In China, those who were educated overseas and have returned to Chinese universities to seek academic positions are becoming a fast-growing group. Good research performance is critical to survive in the increasingly competitive environment in...
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Although higher education transnational programs are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide, little is known about student’s conceptions of learning, which could help to improve the education quality of such programs. This study investigated Chinese undergraduates’ conceptions of learning in programs cooperatively run by Chinese and non-Chinese...
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Although higher education transnational programs are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide, little is known about student’s conceptions of learning, which could help to improve the education quality of such programs. This study investigated Chinese undergraduates’ conceptions of learning in programs cooperatively run by Chinese and non-Chinese...
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Training researchers represents a substantially deeply international activity for higher education, and yet the transition into independence, a critical aim of doctoral education, remains a challenge for both supervisors and doctoral students, especially those from different cultural backgrounds. Interactions between Chinese doctoral students and t...
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The English version of an interview conducted by Zhao Xiantong with John White on the nature of teacher education, on the place of philosophy of education in teacher education both in general and in the British context, and on the pedagogy of philosophy of education in teacher education. The interview is available in Chinese in Global Education 201...
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As a qualitative research approach, phenomenography has been widely employed to explore people’s distinct conceptions of certain phenomena. By employing the approach, the present research aims to explore a group of Chinese undergraduates’ (n=17) conceptions of learning. Data has been collected through individual in-depth interview and followed a se...
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Although the subject – conceptions of learning – has been a significant research area in the phenomenographic tradition, little could be found for overseas students, especially Chinese postgraduates. The present research is a small scale study, which recruited five postgraduates, including three students pursuing their masters’ degree and two docto...
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This research aims to explore the development of private higher education and related policy changes in China in the light of Foucault's notion of governmentality in neoliberal China. Essentially it is a synthesis of macro-level and micro-level analysis. The researcher examines policy development in combination with wide social, political and cultu...

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