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ERIC Number: EJ1165576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2053-535X
The Multicultural Experience of International Students in Portugal: A Narrative Approach
Nada, Cosmin Ionut; Araújo, Helena Costa
Journal for Multicultural Education, v11 n3 p176-188 2017
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to explore qualitatively and holistically the experience of international students in the context of Portuguese higher education. This paper interrogates the potential that an experience abroad provides for multicultural learning and for enhancing interaction between students with different cultural backgrounds. Design/methodology/approach: To provide depth to the understanding of their experiences abroad, the narratives of 12 international students in Portugal were constructed and analysed interpretatively. The findings presented in this paper result from a solid set of data based on 41 interviews with an average duration of two hours each. Findings: Regarding students' levels of multicultural contact, the findings presented in this paper are not consistent with previous research literature which indicates a tendency for segregation among international and local students. Aside from one exception, all the interviewed students were rather comfortable to interact with their local peers and even established meaningful friendships with them. Concerning students' learning throughout the sojourn, the findings indicate that the experience of living in a different country provides numerous opportunities for multicultural learning. Research limitations/implications: Even though the findings suggest that multicultural learning is part of international students' lives, it is beyond the scope of this paper to identify institutional strategies to further support students' learning. Originality/value: The study adds to knowledge production in the field of multicultural education by bringing data from Portugal, a country seldom approached in the research literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal
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