Developing the global graduate: how first year university students’ narrate their experiences of culture

Dippold, Doris, Bridges, Stephanie, Eccles, Sue and Mullen, Emma (2019) Developing the global graduate: how first year university students’ narrate their experiences of culture. Language and Intercultural Communication, 19 (4). pp. 313-327. ISSN 1470-8477

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2018.1526939

Abstract

Developing global graduates or global citizens is a goal often expressed in university mission statements. This study draws on Amadasi and Holliday's (2017) distinction of block narratives and thread narratives of culture and applies these to interviews with first year students. It shows that some ability to draw on thread narratives and therefore non-essentialist views of culture is in evidence from the start of students’ university careers. Universities need to implement policy and practice to foster the emergence of these abilities and thus enable students to acquire the attributes of a ‘global graduate’. This will also ensure that ‘internationalisation at home’ is not a value-free concept.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global citizenship, global graduate, higher education, block narratives, thread narratives, internationalisation at home
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 08:47
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40270

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