1st Edition

Internationalisation and the Student Voice Higher Education Perspectives

Edited By Elspeth Jones Copyright 2010
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    This groundbreaking volume seeks to take the first steps in analyzing the impact of internationalization initiatives from student perspectives. As programs are increasingly delivered overseas and we seek to offer domestic students an international experience, how do we know what works for students and what does not? Encompassing the fast-growing global imperative is a significant challenge for higher education and this collection identifies opportunities for enrichment of the learning environment, with all chapters based on direct research with students.

    The book provides essential reading for anyone engaged in internationalization and wishing to learn more about the impact on students of a range of initiatives in order to apply the lessons in their own contexts. Chapters include student responses to the following learning contexts:

    • "traditional" international contexts, where students study outside their home country for shorter or longer periods;
    • "trans-national" programs where students study at home or in another country and faculty from the awarding university fly in to deliver courses;
    • domestic students studying in their home country, with staff seeking to internationalize the curriculum;
    • students having transformational international experiences in other countries through service learning/volunteering, or study abroad

    Part I: Student Response to Internationalization of the Curriculum
    1. ‘Beside Me Is an Empty Chair’: The Student Experience Of Internationalization - Betty Leask
    2. Students as Global Citizens - Douglas Bourn
    3. The Relevance of the Internationalized Curriculum to Graduate Capability: The Role of New Lecturers’ Attitudes in Shaping the ‘Student Voice’ - Viv Caruana
    4. Student Voices, Internationalisation and Critical Conversations in Initial Teacher Education - Jon Tan and Christine Allan

    Part II: The Impact of Study Abroad and International Volunteering

    5. Beyond Immersion: Global Engagement and Transformation Through Intervention via Student Reflection in Long-Term Study Abroad - Gabriele Weber-Bosley
    6. Discovering the World – Discovering Myself - Danuta De Grosbois, John Kaethler and Alexandra Young
    7. ‘Don’t Worry About The Worries’: Transforming Lives Through International Volunteering - Elspeth Jones
    8. Guided Reflective Journaling: Assessing the International Study and Volunteering Experience - Mark Russell and Linda Vallade

    Part III: Student Learning in the Cross-Cultural Classroom
    9. Sometimes It Means More Work…: Student Perceptions of Group Work in a Mixed Cultural Setting - Jane Osmond and Jannie Roed
    10. Interactions in the International Classroom: The UK Perspective - Neil Harrison and Nicola Peacock
    11. Has Everybody Seen A Swan? Stories from the Internationalised Classroom - Sheila Trahar
    12. Mutual Cultures: Engaging With Interculturalism in Higher Education - Viv Thom

    Part IV: Transnational Education and Support for International Students
    13. The Internationalised Curriculum: (Dis)locating Students - Valerie Clifford
    14. International Students and Academic Acculturation: The Role of Relationships in the Doctoral Process - Michaela Borg, Rachel Maunder, Xiaoli Jiang, Elaine Walsh, Heather Fry, and Roberto Di Napoli
    15. Refugees: Home Students With International Needs - Jacqueline Stevenson and John Willott


    Elspeth Jones is Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education and International Dean at Leeds Metropolitan University.

    "All in all, this is a valuable collection that stands out as making a timely and important contribution to our understandings of internationalisation in higher education." - Kelly Coate, Higher Education Research and Development Journal, 2011