PLAGIARISM IS NOT ALLOWED
Plagiarism: ‘The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.’
As you can see, plagiarism is a pretty straightforward concept. The problem is, what is considered to be plagiarism in one country’s schools, can go unnoticed in another.
Referencing (or citation) is directly related to avoiding plagiarism and it’s an essential skill for every student and working professional. Referencing is simply a way of pointing out in an assignment, where an idea has come from – who said it originally and where you found it.
WORKING IN GROUPS
Australian schools and workplaces consider the ability to work well within a team to be an absolutely essential skill. Almost no matter what you study, at some point, you’ll find yourself doing a group assignment.
Australian schools value original thinking very highly. The learning style here encourages innovation, creativity and critical thinking in all subjects – from engineering to communications.
LOW POWER DISTANCE
In cultural dimension theory, certain cultures have been identified as ‘high power distance’ or ‘low power distance’ cultures.
In high power distance cultures, the power of people in positions of authority – teachers for example – is accepted by those with less authority.
In low power distance cultures, individuals are more ready to question authority and be participants in decision-making processes.
ASSIGNMENTS, NOT EXAMS
Many subjects in Australia will allocate more percentage of your grades to the completion of assignments and essays, rather than to your exams. Many students find that they like this arrangement – it allows students time to perfect assessment pieces at home, rather than having to get everything right in a single 2-hour exam.