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ERIC Number: EJ975209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
International Collaboration as a Patchwork Quilt: Experiences of Developing Collaborative Practice and Research in an International Masters Programme
van Swet, Jacqueline; Armstrong, Ann Cheryl; Lloyd, Christine
Professional Development in Education, v38 n4 p647-661 2012
The scope of policies within universities and professional practices is becoming increasingly global and more and more networks of professionals and researchers are conducting collaborative programmes and research projects. Translating these collaborations into flourishing practices is often more challenging than initially anticipated, especially if there is an international dimension. In these circumstances, participants often experience challenges triggered by power relations, differences in culture, contexts and perspectives on practice and research. This paper is underpinned by an educational psychology perspective and falls within an interpretive paradigm. The metaphor of the patchwork quilt is used during learning and teaching seminars to explain collaborative practice and research because the steps involved serve as a useful visual aid for further comparison and reflection. Using data from four studies, we discuss the experiences of international participants conducting collaborative research over the course of an international master's programme in Europe and the experiences of alumni of the programme attempting to conduct research after the completion of the Erasmus Mundus master's programme. We argue that international collaborative practice and research take time, especially in the initial stages. They have the potential to support bridging and bonding universally and lead to enrichment and enhancement for the participants. (Contains 3 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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