The importance of positive intercultural exchanges for international students on work placements in higher education

Barton, Georgina and Hartwig, Kay (2017) The importance of positive intercultural exchanges for international students on work placements in higher education. In: Professional learning in the work place for international students: exploring theory and practice. Professional and Practice-Based Learning, 19. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 3-12. ISBN 978-3-319-60057-4

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Many students travel abroad to study in a different country with the expectation of it being exciting, new and positive. This is particularly relevant when international students’ study programs include a work placement. Strong partnerships are required between the international student, the university and also the workplace. Open and clear communication and positive interaction are vital for success in work placements for international students. This often requires an openness to and awareness of appropriate intercultural strategies between the international student and other stakeholders. This introductory chapter explores a major Australian research project that aimed to improve the work placement component of study programs for international students. The project, known as Work placement for International Student Programs or WISP gathered a range of data including large scale survey, interviews and documentary artefacts related to the international student workplace experience. Results from this study are shared including a number of recommendations for improved practice

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 03:00
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: international students; work placement; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education

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