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Experiences and perceptions of internationalisation in higher education in the UK

Trahara,Sheila; Hyland, Fiona

Abstract:
This article is based on a focus group study of staff and students in UK higher education institutions, where ‘internationalisation’ was the topic for debate. The perspectives of academics and students at five UK universities were examined to determine how they perceived their own culturally mediated approaches to learning. Evidence for internationalisation at home was sought including, in particular, views of student interaction and working in cross-cultural groups. Many staff and students demonstrated mindfulness of how local pedagogical approaches were privileged. Most described problems of lack of intercultural interaction and difficulties with particular classroom pedagogy such as group work. Participants described their difficulties but also gave anecdotal evidence of feeling personally rewarded in terms of building new friendships and developing their intercultural competencies.

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Document Title: Experiences and perceptions of internationalisation in higher education in the UK
Journal: Higher Education Research & Development
Volume: 30
Issue: 5
No. of Pages: 623-633


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:International
Keywords:Intercultural Education, Interactive Learning, Interaction, International Students


Rights:2011 HERDSA
Date Added:29 September 2011


Experiences and perceptions of internationalisation in higher education in the UK