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ERIC Number: EJ764041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Overseas Students' Intercultural Adaptation as Intercultural Learning: A Transformative Framework
Gill, Scherto
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v37 n2 p167-183 Mar 2007
In the context of increasing recruitment of overseas students by British higher education (HE) institutions, there has been a growing need to understand the process of students' intercultural adaptation and the approaches that can be adopted by British academic institutions in order to facilitate and support these students' learning experience in the UK. Drawing upon one-year of in-depth qualitative research investigating the experience of a small cohort of Chinese postgraduate students' in a British university, the author explores the three-fold 'stress-adaptation-growth' intercultural learning process of these participants by focusing the discussions on the their lived experience in the UK. The key argument of this article is that intercultural adaptation is in itself a process of intercultural learning, which has the potential to bring about profound changes in overseas students themselves, transforming their understanding of the learning experience, self knowledge, awareness of the Other, and values and worldview.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United Kingdom