1st Edition

Crossing Borders in University Learning and Teaching Navigating Hidden Cultures

By Jane Spiro Copyright 2022
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Uncovering aspects of university culture which are often hidden or misunderstood, this book brings together international perspectives, showing the matches and mismatches between experience and expectation, as both staff and student face new academic cultures.

    Drawing on the stories of students and members of staff in the higher education sector as starting points for analysis, this book considers aspects such as the dynamics and pragmatics of university settings, from tutorial to lecture; the assignment and multiple text types from reflective logs to essays; different interpretations of grades, grading and feedback. Topics are explored with examples from critical incidents and narratives in international contexts – both where staff or students cross cultures and borders, and where they are functioning within the university culture with which they are most familiar.

    Ideal both for those new to learning and teaching in higher education, and those seeking to refresh their practice, this must-read book uses case studies and narratives to illustrate key challenges academics and students face. With consideration given to learning across cultures, the narratives and topics lead to enquiries which the reader can ask and research for themselves to find helpful answers to explain their own university experiences.

    Chapter One: Crossing study borders: from discomfort to noticing

    Chapter Two: Being a student: who am I as a learner?

    Chapter Three: Being a higher education teacher: who am I as an educator?

    Chapter Four: Ways of learning: how do I learn?

    Chapter Five: Ways of knowing: what does it mean to know something?

    Chapter Six: Learning events: what happens in learning/teaching events?

    Chapter Seven: Learning spaces: how do I experience campus and virtual spaces

    Chapter Eight: Kinds of assessment: what do learning and assessment activities mean?

    Chapter Nine: Kinds of feedback: what does feedback mean?

    Chapter Ten: Crossing study cultures: from noticing to learning maps


    Jane Spiro is Professor in Education and TESOL at Oxford Brookes University, UK.