Implementing the international : challenges and approaches

Hawkes, Lesley & Muller, Vivienne (2010) Implementing the international : challenges and approaches. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 17(3), pp. 264-275.

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This paper documents some preliminary findings arising from our Creative Industries Faculty’s invitation to academics to submit suitable proposals for Internationalising the Curriculum, an initiative that aligns with the University’s recognition of the importance of “building international components into their teaching programs” Our research project involves revisiting the literature on internationalising the curriculum with a view to implementing pedagogic and assessment strategies that respect and encourage intercultural and international understandings and competencies. The paper addresses the problems in designing such a unit; in this case an American Literature unit which will be taught and studied in Australia at QUT in 2011. The challenges inherent in the task of internationalising the curriculum stem from the ‘traditional’ and accepted ways of structuring and delivering such units. While the content may be international, the problem remains as to how to go about teaching and assessing the unit to achieve a global approach. How can it be taught in a way that steps outside the borders of our national teaching practices and understanding of western epistemology and becomes far more inclusive of other modes of knowledge?

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ID Code: 39883
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: internationalising, , curriculum, American literature, teaching, global
ISSN: 1944-6934
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2011 21:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:34

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