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‘I understood the words but I didn’t know what they meant’: Japanese online MBA students’ experiences of British assessment practices

Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark and van Mourik, Carien (2016). ‘I understood the words but I didn’t know what they meant’: Japanese online MBA students’ experiences of British assessment practices. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 31(2) pp. 130–140.

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Abstract

We report on a case study of high Japanese student failure rates in an online MBA programme. Drawing on interviews, and reviews of exam and assignment scripts we frame the problems faced by these students in terms of a ‘language as social practice’ approach and highlight the students’ failure to understand the specific language games that underpin the course assessment approach. We note the way in which the distance learning and online context can make the challenges faced by international students less immediately visible to both students and institution.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Keywords: Assessment; international students; language game; academic literacies; Japan
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Item ID: 45473
Depositing User: Mark Fenton-O'Creevy
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 11:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45473
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