Work Placement for International Student Programs (WISP): a model of effective practice

Barton, Georgina and Hartwig, Kay and Bennett, Dawn and Cain, Melissa and Campbell, Marilyn and Ferns, Sonia and Jones, Liz and Joseph, Dawn and Kavanagh, Marie and Kelly, Ann and Larkin, Ingrid and O'Connor, Erin and Podorova, Anna and Tangen, Donna and Westerveld, Marleen (2017) Work Placement for International Student Programs (WISP): a model of effective practice. 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. 13-34. ISBN 978-3-319-60057-4

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With a marked increase in the number of international students enrolling in university programs across the globe it is important that personal and professional experiences are positive. Of interest is the workplace component of international students’ study programs, as these experiences provide opportunities for students to socialise into new workplaces and cultural contexts. This chapter presents a theoretical model that takes into account the relationship between the concepts of internationalisation, professional socialisation, reflection and cultural development. It explores Knight’s (1999) work on internationalisation; research on personal and professional socialisation; effective reflective practice; and the notion of cultural development (Wells, 2000). We argue that an enhanced ethos approach, together with strong personal and professional student and staff agency and reflective practice, enhances the work placement experience. If all these elements are taken into account and the interrelationship between them is understood, we contend that it is more likely for workplace experiences to be positive and meaningful for all stakeholders.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 04:37
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: international student programs; work placement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education

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