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‘I am really expecting people to judge me by my skills’: ethnicity and identity of international students

Tran, Ly Thi 2017, ‘I am really expecting people to judge me by my skills’: ethnicity and identity of international students, Journal of vocational education and training, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1080/13636820.2016.1275033.

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Title ‘I am really expecting people to judge me by my skills’: ethnicity and identity of international students
Author(s) Tran, Ly Thi
Journal name Journal of vocational education and training
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng,
Publication date 2017-01-09
ISSN 1363-6820
Keyword(s) International students
vocational education
Summary There is an increasing volume of international students enrolled in the vocational education and training sector in many countries. However, questions of ethnicity and identity in VET have not been explicitly examined in relation to this group. This paper offers some valuable insights into the complex and varying ways in which ethnicity is interrelated to the issues of identity of international students who have non-citizen status in the host country. It draws on a four-year qualitative study funded by the Australian Research Council that includes 105 interviews with international students and fieldwork in VET institutes across three states of Australia: New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. The research highlights forms of injustice including non-recognition of skills due to skin colour, disadvantage with regard to employment opportunities, being positioned as deficient in the classroom and workplace, unjust stereotypes and violation of rights. The research also reports international students’ specific strategies in exercising both individual and collective agency to seek a ‘space’ for comfort, mutual support and communal strength and to confront injustices. The paper concludes with some practical recommendations for institutions to support international students’ agency and build an inclusive environment for international students in VET.
Notes Online first
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13636820.2016.1275033
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
1301 Education Systems
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP0986590
Copyright notice ©2017, The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd
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