ERIC Number: EJ1023049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
"Selective Cosmopolitans": Tutors' and Students' Experience of Offshore Higher Education in Dubai
Kadiwal, Laila; Rind, Irfan A.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v43 n5 p689-711 2013
As the offshore mobility of higher education has increased in recent times, the question of how it interacts with the recipient cultures has become ever more significant. Using ethnographic methods, this empirical study examined the adaptation of the UK teacher education model--the Postgraduate Certificate in Education--to the context of Dubai. The study asks "how do students and tutors experience the adaptation of British education in the context of Dubai?" This paper will argue that tutors and students in offshore Dubai teacher education are "selective cosmopolitans" who negotiate cross-cultural influences pragmatically and ambivalently. The study addresses a significant gap in the literature, as there is little written on the internationalisation of higher education in the context of Gulf Cooperation Council countries. There is also an inadequate appreciation of the role of local culture and religion in offshore education and tutors and students' role as active agents in negotiating cross-cultural dynamics in the offshore educational setting.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Education, Student Mobility, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Ethnography, Cultural Influences, Role of Religion, Role, Partnerships in Education, English, Semitic Languages, English (Second Language), Focus Groups, Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, College Faculty, Gender Differences, Teacher Education Programs, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom