Internationally mobile students in Australian universities : questions of place, identity and valued resources

Doherty, Catherine A. & Singh, Parlo (2008) Internationally mobile students in Australian universities : questions of place, identity and valued resources. In Byram, Mike & Dervin, Fred (Eds.) Students, staff and academic mobility in higher education. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 99-113.

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In this paper we argue that the enterprise of internationalised higher education has outgrown its formative discourses that were largely premised on the assumption of mutually exclusive and stable cultural dispositions. We analyse some of the problems associated with such discourses and offer a fresh frame drawing on cultural globalisation theory to inform how universities might think about, and respond to, internationally mobile students. In particular, we highlight "changing forms of subjectivity that characterise our mobile, global or late modern liberal era" (McKay, 2006, p. 201). The shift in frames is characterised as moving from understanding the mobile student's identity as an "inside-out' expression of ascribed cultural categories, to understanding it through "outside-in" forms of subjectivity enabled and invoked by contingent relations in more liquid conditions (Bauman, 2000) across new territorialities. To this end, we favour the expression "internationally mobile" student over the more usual term, "international" student, to focus on movement into new spaces, as opposed to matters of origin. We draw on research conducted in a public university in Australia, which enquired into the preparatory curriculum, pedagogy, and experience offered to international students on their arrival.

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ID Code: 17325
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: mobility, university, place, internationalisation, subjectivity, HERN
ISBN: 9781847186034
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 04:51
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 15:10

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