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ERIC Number: EJ1094664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Beyond "Just Being There": Teaching Internationalization at Home in Two Qualitative Methods Units
Baldassar, Loretta; McKenzie, Lara
Teaching Sociology, v44 n2 p84-95 Apr 2016
Study-abroad and international-student programs are commonly understood to transform their participants into "global citizens" possessing "cross-cultural competencies." Similar benefits are anticipated from "internationalization at home"--defined as any on-campus, internationally related activity--whereby international students engage with and thus enrich the lives of domestic students. In this article, we reflect on a research project tied to two coursework units, in which largely domestic undergraduate students undertake qualitative research with or about international students. When developing the project, we postulated that the researcher--informant engagement that characterizes qualitative research mirrors that required for effective domestic--international student engagement. In describing "engagement", we utilize research on experiential learning, which suggests that experiences can become knowledge only through reflection, analysis, and synthesis. We examine the ways that cross-cultural engagement and experiential learning gained through students' qualitative research might lead to the realization of the anticipated benefits of internationalization at home.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia