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Expectations about University

When students transition to university, teachers or parents might prepare them for the reality that coursework will be more demanding than in secondary school. In some international education systems, however, students complete high-stakes exams to finish their grade 12 year, sometimes putting years of intense effort into preparing for high school graduation. How might these students expect to find the university environment?

In this video, Tony explains expectations about university that he has observed in students from his home country of China.

For reflection

  • Consider a situation where you had difficulty understanding a students’ response to your class expectations. How might this have been influenced by their expectations about university more generally?


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