International student connectedness with local teachers and peers: insights from teachers

Tran, Ly Thi and Pham, Lien 2016, International student connectedness with local teachers and peers: insights from teachers. In Tran, Ly Thi and Gomes, Catherine (ed), International student connectedness and identity : transnational perspectives, Springer, Singapore, pp.41-60, doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-2601-0_3.

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Title International student connectedness with local teachers and peers: insights from teachers
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Pham, Lien
Title of book International student connectedness and identity : transnational perspectives
Editor(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Gomes, Catherine
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 16
Start page 41
End page 60
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Singapore
Keyword(s) international students
local teachers
domestic students
vocational education and training
Summary The mobility processes associated with the dynamic formations of locality shape and reshape international students’ connectedness with teachers, peers, families, institutions and the broader community. This chapter focuses on the academic and social connectedness of international students in vocational education and training (VET). This research includes 155 interviews with international students and staff as well as fieldwork in Australian dual-sector universities and VET colleges. The chapter draws on Vertovec’s (2001) idea of transnationalism and Hall’s (1996) notion of identity to examine international students’ connectedness with teachers and peers in international VET classrooms. The findings of the research point to the ways VET teachers view their relationships with international students and among all students through a functional lens. Placing the functional goals of developing students’ vocational and cultural skills and hands-on experiences at the centre of their pedagogy, these teachers engage in practices to foster the interaction of international and domestic students inside and outside the classroom. The research found that meaningful connectedness in international VET spaces moves beyond the mere condition for interaction between domestic and international peers to the real opportunities for international students to share, negotiate and contribute to building practical hands-on skills, vocational knowledge and cultural experiences on a more equal basis. This process enhances not only vocational capabilities but also mutual learning for all.
ISBN 9789811025990
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-2601-0_3
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Grant ID ARC DE140101473
ARC DP0986590
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