International students in the higher education classroom: initial findings from staff at two post‐92 universities in the UK

Barron, Paul, Gourlay, Lesley Jane and Gannon-Leary, Pat (2010) International students in the higher education classroom: initial findings from staff at two post‐92 universities in the UK. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34 (4). pp. 475-489. ISSN 0309-877X

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A significant body of work has emerged over the last 10 years investigating the experiences of international university students. These studies have covered various challenges faced by some groups of international students relating to culture, language and integration and have been prompted by the increase in international students studying in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. A smaller strand of research has also begun to focus on the experiences, perspectives and reactions of academic staff who have seen the composition of their cohorts change substantially over recent years in terms of numbers of international participants. This article reviews relevant literature in this field, reporting on a questionnaire study based at two UK post‐92 universities. Respondents associated a range of traits with international students and suggested that the increasing number of international students enhanced the environment, but also required a higher level of support. This study also found that staff resorted to informal methods when developing means of adapting their practices to the increasing number of international students, preferring discussion with colleagues and students themselves to formal development programmes or advice from specialist departments such as student support. The article concludes that in order to encourage diversity in a meaningful way, universities need to recognise the challenge of increased numbers of international students and support staff accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: international students, staff responses, impacts
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 14:24

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