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ERIC Number: EJ1343156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-2151-0393
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'Race' and Academic Performance in International Higher Education: Black Africans in the U.K.
Zewolde, Solomon
Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, v14 n3A p211-226 2022
U.K. higher education research routinely pinpoints the racialized nature of academic performance, but it often fails to even consider if racism contributes to such a pervasive racial or ethnic disparity. While research in the area often focuses on comparing the attainment of home white and ethnic minority students, little attention is given to the experiences of black African international students (BAIS), particularly in U.K. higher education. Using semi-structured qualitative interviews, this study documents how "race" shapes academic performance and achievement by exploring the experiences of 21 BAIS undergraduates studying in ten universities in England. Factors identified, inter alia, include racism and discrimination, and the analysis challenges the narrative of assessment as neutral and objective technology that rewards merit, and lifts the voices of BAIS which are normally silent in the literature about international student experience. 'Race' and ethnicity jeopardize perception of BAIS's academic ability and judgment of their assessed work.
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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: United Kingdom (England); Africa
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