ERIC Number: EJ949129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
Internationalization: A Transformative Agenda for Higher Education?
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v17 n6 p619-630 2011
This conceptual paper explores the notion of higher education (HE) internationalization and its potential to lead to transformational institutional change. Internationalization is generally regarded as a process that involves increasing the range of international activities within universities and between universities and other educational institutions and the numbers of international students and academic staff. Much of the literature on "internationalization" focuses on incoming international students and the challenges for teaching and learning associated with the increasing diversity of the student population. Forward thinking institutions are responding by attempting to make the curriculum (both formal and informal) more relevant and engaging for international students and by considering "internationalization at home" to prepare all students for life and work in a global economy. Other studies explore the opportunities arising from international research collaboration, for knowledge-transfer and societal impact. Talk about internationalization has become firmly embedded. While the managerial implications of an internationalization agenda for HE institutions have been articulated elsewhere, there has been relatively little research that investigates the transitions for individuals and communities that are essential to transformative internationalization. This paper attempts to characterize what an "internationalized" institution might look like, and what support might be required to achieve the personal and professional transitions within its communities that are necessary to achieve the transformative agenda.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Approach, Organizational Change, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Educational Innovation, Instructional Innovation, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Learning Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Development, Barriers, Performance Factors, Institutional Advancement
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A