Professional experience for international students within the Australian teacher education context

Barton, Georgina ORCID: and Hartwig, Kay (2019) Professional experience for international students within the Australian teacher education context. In: The Oxford encyclopedia of global perspectives on teacher education. Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9780190670221

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The business of international students in the higher education sector is a crucial part of many countries’ economic development and intercultural richness. In fact, in Australia participation of international students in university study accounts for the third highest export industry behind iron ore and coal with similar trends seen in other countries. Given that such a large proportion of students across the globe are international, it is important that higher educators are able to support them appropriately through their study. Research literature has identified a number of issues international students face including homesickness, being away from family and friends, financial hardship, accommodation concerns, and cultural difference including language. Further concerns may arise when international students undertake a professional experience in an authentic workplace such as in a work integrated learning (WIL) experience or practicum or internship. For international students studying teacher education students are expected to complete a number of professional experiences within the schooling sector. Research about teacher education international students’ experience in the workplace schools has often focused on negative aspects related to this component of study rather than the success that many students enjoy. In fact, supervisors or the work colleagues who are responsible for assessing international students often report mutual benefits through hosting. This chapter therefore explores both the issues that international students in teacher education face several difficult issues as well as success, and this includes, including international students in Australia and domestic students undertaking professional experience overseas. We share aA model of effective practice for all stakeholders in teacher education professional experience can be useful.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 06:45
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 04:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: internationalization, interculturalization, international students, Australian higher education, teacher education, professional experience, multisocialization, work placement
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
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