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Easing the transition: staff development for improving the experience of international students in UK HE

Burnapp, D. and Dickens, A. (2009) Easing the transition: staff development for improving the experience of international students in UK HE. Seminar Presentation presented to: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference, Sunley Management Centre, Park Campus, Northampton, 13 May 2009. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Seminar Presentation)
Abstract: This talk will report on two projects which support and inform staff working with international students in UK HE. The first, a staff development course, was developed over several years from a series of workshops run by Dave Burnapp with funding from the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, which aimed to raise awareness among staff of the acculturation issues encountered by international students making the transition into the academic culture of UK HE. This approach to developing 'mindfulness' (Gudykunst 1998) was written up as an M level course accessible Online course as self-study material or in book form for use as part of an accredited course delivered through face-to-face workshops. The course draws on a range of literature relating to learning, culture, internationalisation and on case studies of current practice in working in an international context. The second project was a small-scale study carried out by two HEA Subject Centres which gathered data on staff and student experiences of internationalisation through focus groups held across a number of disciplines and institutions. This report draws out some of the key areas for HE that need to be approached 'mindfully' in order that international students are well supported in their studies in the UK. The report highlighted the need for a greater emphasis on 'internationalisation at home' and more support for staff teaching in an internationalised classroom.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2376 International education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > LB2331.7 Teaching personnel
Creators: Burnapp, Dave and Dickens, Alison
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculty of Business & Law > Languages (to 2010)
Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Date: 13 May 2009
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference
Event Dates: 13 May 2009
Event Location: Sunley Management Centre, Park Campus, Northampton
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
Related URLs:
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2430

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