Internationalisation and international students : creating an internationalised learning context for international students’ study preparation via CMC

Park, Ji Yong (2009) Internationalisation and international students : creating an internationalised learning context for international students’ study preparation via CMC. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 9(1), pp. 75-86.

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Australian universities have been phenomenally internationalised because of significant numbers of international students in their student cohorts. The international students make up 17.3 percent (OECD 2007) of all the university enrolment, and some universities have much more international student enrolments than the average. From a truly internationalisation perspective, however, there is far more demand of integration with Australian students and international students, the internationalising learning content and context. There have not been much discussion and effort of understanding and practicing of internationalising the learning context from international students’ cultural background and internationalised learning environment. There are many factors which interfere with internationalisation in the learning context such as English proficiency, culture difference and academic staff unawareness. This paper argues the concepts of cultural dimensions and the characteristics of CMC (Computer-Mediated Communication) in a multicultural learning context of Australian higher education. This paper aims to develop a framework of international students’ preparation program for their Western university study based on technology-driven learning models, especially targeting those students who have an Asian cultural background. The program is expected to help international students bridge the gap of cultural differences and better preparation for their active participation and engagement in a new learning environment in order to realise truly internationalisation in Australian higher education

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ID Code: 29592
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Internationalisation, International Students, Cultural Difference, Collaboration, Computer Mediated Communication, HERN
ISSN: 1447-9532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maori and Pacific Peoples) (130307)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Common Ground
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2010 00:58
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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