Interfaculty collaboration for international mobility experiences as educational work: Tensions, dialogue and problem-solving

Fitzgerald, Angela and Parr, Graham and Williams, Judy and Wellam, Rachel and Howard, Bethany and Zandes, Stavroula and Diug, Basia (2020) Interfaculty collaboration for international mobility experiences as educational work: Tensions, dialogue and problem-solving. Teaching in Higher Education. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary collaborations are promoted in higher education, but relatively little research has been undertaken into what it means to work in these ways. This paper examines how a paradigmatically diverse group of university colleagues navigated the educational work of developing an innovative resource to support the enactment of international mobility experiences. By focusing on the journey (the negotiation of a community of practice) over the destination (the resource produced), this study provides insights into the experience of working across boundaries in higher education, what can be learnt from such work, and why it matters. Reflective ‘critical incident’ narratives were developed with the data revealing multiple challenges, tensions and opportunities. The findings support the notion that interfaculty collaborations are potentially rich and productive, but cannot be assumed as unproblematic. A key recommendation is that universities should invest significant time and effort to facilitate and support the collaborative process of educational work.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 05:01
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 02:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational work, communities of practice, interfaculty collaboration, international mobility experiences
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1769056
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38676

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