CGHE Seminar

Mapping pedagogic practices for and with international students

  • Thursday, 15 Oct 2020 14:00 - 15:00
  • Zoom webinar, registration required

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While there is considerable academic interest in international student mobility (e.g. Mazzarol and Soutar 2012), there is little critical research on the pedagogies and learning structures that support international students’ academic transitions and learning experiences in HE (Madge, Raghuram, and Noxolo 2015). All too often, literature focuses on challenges instead, replicating a deficit narrative of international students (Lomer 2017). This shapes learning relationships, given that many international students perceive discriminatory language and bias from their classmates (Heliot, Mittelmeier and Rienties, 2019) and from lecturers (Rhoden, 2019).

How international students are perceived is likely to shape pedagogical practices. Deficit narratives imply that students should assimilate to traditional pedagogic practices (Ploner 2018), instead of critically conceptualising international students as complex knowledge agents and partners in pedagogy (Madge, Raghuram, and Noxolo 2015). For instance, institutions often provide generic centralised support rather than through a re-examination of fundamental pedagogic practices (Jenkins and Wingate 2015). Yet individual academics frequently undertake the latter, supporting more inclusive, ethical, and sustainable curriculum internationalisation (Turner, 2015; Lomer and Anthony-Okeke, 2019). Literature and case studies by professional organisations like AdvanceHE, UKCISA, and BALEAP show that innovative practices aimed at enhancing learning for and with international students exist but are disparate and institutionally bound. However, the persistence of the deficit narrative and assimilationist model of academic transition suggests that such innovations are far from universal across the sector. This project, therefore, aims to build on existing literature and case studies to systematically synthesise and disseminate what is currently known about evidence-based pedagogic practices for and with international students. This event will present initial results from this systematic literature, feeding into an interactive workshop for students and practitioners to share.


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Dr Sylvie Lomer

Dr Sylvie Lomer

Dr Sylvie Lomer is Lecturer in Policy and Practice and founding co-convener of the Higher Education Research Network HERE@Manchester in the Institute for Education at the University of Manchester. An established researcher in international higher education studies, and critical higher education policy, her book on the topic is Recruiting international students in higher education: Rationales and representations in British policy (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

Dr Jenna Mittelmeier is a Lecturer in International Education in the Manchester Institute of Education at The University of Manchester. Her area of research expertise focuses on international students’ transition experiences and broader aspects of internationalisation in higher education.

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