Social networks and the international student experience: a community of practice?

Montgomery, Catherine and McDowell, Liz (2009) Social networks and the international student experience: a community of practice? Journal of Studies in International Education, 13 (4). pp. 455-466. ISSN 1028-3153

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This paper emphasises the significance of the social dimension in which learning occurs and focuses on the social environment beyond the classroom. Interest in researching the learning experience beyond the classroom has increased in recent years. Byram and Feng (2004) acknowledge that more research in the area of research ‘beyond the traditional classroom’ is needed. Researchers as early as Vygotsky (1978) and Bakhtin (Dentith:1996) have placed emphasis on the socio-cultural basis of learning. The premise that ‘learning and development occur as people participate in the socio-cultural activities of their community’ (Rogoff, 1994: 204) is central to a socio-cultural view of learning and experience. This paper suggests that the relationships and friendships that we have with others are significant in terms of our learning experience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Web 2.0, networking
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2009 11:31
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 15:46

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