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Exploring Chinese students’ experience of curriculum internationalisation: A comparative study of Scotland and Australia

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posted on 08.03.2018, 00:00 authored by M Cheng, OA Adekola, Mahsood ShahMahsood Shah, M Valyrakis
Society for Research into Higher EducationIncreasing enrolment of Chinese students has become a key feature of internationalisation for Western universities, but there is limited research into how curriculum internationalisation affects Chinese students’ learning experiences. Using the typologies of curriculum internationalisation as a framework, this paper explores and compares how Scottish and Australian universities integrate international and intercultural elements into their curriculum to support Chinese postgraduate taught students’ study. Interviews, focus groups and a survey are used as the main research methods. Analysis reveals that the practice of curriculum internationalisation in both countries is rather limited, and that Chinese students express a desire for more international perspectives in the course content, and for more mobility experiences, in order to prepare for their future careers. The mismatch between academics’ and students’ understandings of curriculum internationalisation is highlighted as an arena of power differential and an area for further study. © 2016

History

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1470-174X

ISSN

0307-5079

Publisher

Routledge, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Glasgow, UK; University of Wolverhampton, UK

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Studies in Higher Education