ERIC Number: EJ719199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 25
Responding to Crises in Transnational Education: New Challenges for Higher Education
Feast, Vicki; Bretag, Tracey
Higher Education Research and Development, v24 n1 p63-78 Feb 2005
This paper is based on a case study of an Australian university involved in the delivery of transnational programs in an educational environment that has been increasingly characterized by commercial considerations. The researchers conducted focus group interviews with both general and academic staff to ascertain the personal, academic and administrative issues affecting the delivery of educational programs in Asia that arose as a result of one particular crisis in 2003: the SARS epidemic. The findings indicate that both administrative and academic staff felt personally and professionally challenged by the complexity of the issues involved in interrupting the pattern of transnational teaching. Potentially conflicting rationales emerged through the focus group discussions, with administrative staff expressing concern with maintaining services, while lecturers articulated a preoccupation with the safeguarding of assessment standards.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Focus Groups, Distance Education, Universities, Crisis Management, Stress Variables, Case Studies, Diseases, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia