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ERIC Number: EJ860728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Social Networks and the International Student Experience: An International Community of Practice?
Montgomery, Catherine; McDowell, Liz
Journal of Studies in International Education, v13 n4 p455-466 2009
An implicit perception of international students is that they have difficulty in becoming involved in social exchange with other students who do not share their "culture" and language. This picture of a group of students isolated and disadvantaged by their lack of contact with "UK culture" is questioned in this article. Data from a recent research project suggests that international students form a strong international community that supports their learning and provides them with a supportive learning environment. Thus, contrary to perceptions, the strength of this international community challenges the view that international students need to develop social and academic exchange with UK students to get the most from their university experience. The international community of practice described here presents a picture of a more positive and active international student experience, with international students as the providers of support and knowledge within a supportive and purposeful student community. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom