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ERIC Number: EJ923968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
International Graduate Students' Difficulties: Graduate Classes as a Community of Practices
Kim, Hye Yeong
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n3 p281-292 2011
This study explores the factors that cause international graduate students to struggle and these students' ways of dealing with such problems in light of sociocultural theory, which views learning as a social and cultural act. The findings show that graduate classes function as communities of practices in which classmates and professors mutually engage with each other, share a repertoire and engage in joint enterprises. The practices were not always transparent to international students, which became a source of difficulty and often led them to feel excluded. Peripheral participation comprised a significant part of some students' learning process and identity formation, but it allowed them to participate in course-related activities as fully as they felt comfortable doing. This study suggests a need for more sensitive and dialogical efforts by educators in higher education to provide better learning environments for international learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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