Creating connections: understanding the importance of a relational pedagogy in the transnational teaching and learning space

Noble, Karen and Temmerman, Nita (2011) Creating connections: understanding the importance of a relational pedagogy in the transnational teaching and learning space. In: Language, culture and social connectedness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 101-113. ISBN 978-1-4438-2992-2


With the development of virtual university teaching and learning contexts via the Internet, both students and universities are more easily able to traverse geographical borders. Transnational partnerships, where a co-operative course delivery model is established, require academic and professional staff in both institutions to work together. This practice based paper focuses upon the lived experience of staff in both locales, specifically exploring tangible impacts on pedagogy. Focus group discussions with academic and professional staff in both the Australian and Malaysian context were analysed to distil key themes and issues that emerged as they traversed geographical borders to develop new ways of working where a blended teaching and learning model is utilised. The importance of privileging a relational pedagogy, where relationships are seen as the foundation of good pedagogy, emerged as being of paramount importance in terms of building a safe, collaborative and dynamic culture and promoting effective teaching and learning in transnational partnerships. The authors posit that through explicit understanding of the co-creation of the cross-cultural teaching and learning space, the quality of the experience for staff and students can be enhanced. Clearly, the quality of staff interactions, relationships and friendships and their commitment to the total student learning journey positively impacted upon their job satisfaction. While the interpersonal relationships that have been established privilege connections between the socio-cultural context in which one is living and the differing contexts that others experience, it is also possible that the student learning journey is positively impacted as a consequence of the privileging of a relational pedagogical approach that sees connectedness as important.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2012 03:45
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 00:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: transnational partnerships; relational pedagogy; dimensions of place; ethic of care
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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