Transformative learning and international students negotiating higher education

Tran, Ly Thi 2012, Transformative learning and international students negotiating higher education. In Sovic, Silvia and Blythman, Margo (ed), International students negotiating higher education: critical perspectives, Routledge, London, England, pp.124-141.

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Title Transformative learning and international students negotiating higher education
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Title of book International students negotiating higher education: critical perspectives
Editor(s) Sovic, Silvia
Blythman, Margo
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 15
Start page 124
End page 141
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, England
Keyword(s) overseas learning
inter-cultural experiences
Summary This chapter aims to explore the theory of transformative learning as a possible explanation for the changes international students make in their journey to negotiate higher education. The chapter is derived from a doctoral study that involved international Chinese and Vietnamese students' adaptation to Australian higher education academic practices (Tran 2007). Within this chapter, transformative learning is viewed as a changing process in which international students construct reality through revisiting their existing assumptions and moving towards life-changing developments in their personal and professional perspectives (Cranton 2002; Mezirow 2000). It will be argued in this chapter that international students' process of negotiating higher education is a dynamic interplay between challenges and transformative power. Cross-border intercultural experiences are intimately linked to opportunities for self-transformation, and the challenging experiences that international students go through indeed foster the conditions for professional development and life-enhancing changes to take place. Given the current lack of theoretical and empirical research on the transformative power of international students, there is a critical need for more research on the transformative characteristics of international students and how best to capitalize on their potential. In this chapter, I draw on excerpts from two rounds of interviews with individual international students to illustrate the specific ways in which international students have the capacity to transform their own learning and develop life-enhancing skills. The discussion shows that they experience evolution in professional outlook, attitudes and personal qualities through the process of critical self-reflection and adaptation to disciplinary demands in higher education. The chapter also highlights the contradictions regarding the discursive practices within the current context of international education export.
ISBN 0203817486
Language eng
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Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2012
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