International Student Connectedness With Local Teachers and Peers: Insights from Teachers

  • 31/03/2022
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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 considers the academic and social connectedness of international students in vocational education and training (vet) from teachers perspectives. 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 vertovecs idea of transnationalism and halls 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 the connectedness 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. Springer science+business media singapore 2017.

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