ERIC Number: EJ1046299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Transnational Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Challenges and Possible Guiding Principles
Bovill, C.; Jordan, L.; Watters, N.
Teaching in Higher Education, v20 n1 p12-23 2015
The higher education sector has become increasingly internationalised over recent decades. This paper examines a range of challenges that can arise where teaching staff in one context support and implement learning and teaching initiatives in another international context--transnational teaching. We use examples and experiences from our own practice to highlight challenges that arise from implementing cross-cultural and transnational teaching and that warrant further exploration, including differing expectations; differing views of learners and learning; the illusory nature of transformed practice; and time constraints. We discuss these challenges in the light of Hofstede's model of cultural dimensions as well as critiquing this model. We then highlight some possible guiding principles for transnational higher education work that include modelling good practice; ensuring reciprocity and mutual benefit; ensuring individual integrity and institutional credibility; and developing and supporting transnational staff.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Global Approach, Global Education, Cultural Influences, Cultural Differences, Expectation, College Students, Student Attitudes, Models, Credibility, Integrity, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Armenia; Ghana; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Palestine; Philippines; Turkey; United Kingdom