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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2022, 5(8); doi: 10.25236/FER.2022.050802.

A Study on Chinese Students’ At-home Online Learning Practice at a UK University


Ming Chen

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Ming Chen

Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom


This study explores Chinese university students’ online learning practice during the at-home online learning period and the factors driving their learning practice. Based on the data collected from semi-structured interviews with eight postgraduate students at a UK university, I found that Chinese students prefer self-directed learning and collaborative learning through social media. Lack of metacognitive skills and deep roots in Chinese collective culture drive them to learn in these two ways. I advocate a) that students should learn and employ metacognitive learning strategies and b) that teachers should provide students with more flexible and appropriate learning materials from various platforms.


Online learning practice; COVID-19; Chinese students

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Ming Chen. A Study on Chinese Students’ At-home Online Learning Practice at a UK University. Frontiers in Educational Research (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 8: 5-12. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2022.050802.


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