Issues in Practice Series

Improving Intercultural Learning Experiences in Higher Education

Responding to Cultural Scripts for Learning

August 2008
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    26th August 2008
  • ISBN 9780854738045
  • Language English
  • Pages 74 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 9.5"
  • Images figures

For many decades, people from all parts of the world have come to the UK to study. In recent years, numbers have increased and arguably, greater attention has been given to their experience of being a student. For instance, guidance is available on issues of cultural awareness. However, the focus of such guidance can be every aspect of a student's experience except the aspects of their learning encounters.

Exploring this topic in detail, Welikala and Watkins consider these key questions: In what ways do cultures of learning vary; What do international students tell us about the experience of learning in UK, and what happens if their current experience differs from their previous experiences of learning; Can experiences of learning be improved? How and by whom; and what might intercultural learning be and how might it help?

Introduction; Core Concepts: The Concept of Cultural Script; 1) Learning We Bring From Home: Talk for Learning; Writing in Learning; Reading for Learning; The Teacher's Role; Peer Interactions; So Far…; A Theme: Conceptions of Learning; 2) Homesick: Learning Sick?: Talking or Shouting?; Writing or Conforming?; Reading or Labouring?; No Teaching No Learning? Informal Teachers, or Is It a Mask?; Peer Interaction or Peer Separation? So?; A Theme: Conceptions of teaching; 3) How about an Intercultural Home?: Whose change?; Pay Attention to the Learning Experience; Reshaping Teaching to Promote Inclusive Learning; Promote Intercultural Learning; The Emergence of Intercultural Learning Spaces; References; Appendix: A Draft Statement By a Teaching Team.

Thushari Welikala

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Chris Watkins

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