Crossing over: strategies for supporting the training and development of international teachers

Brown, Alice and Dashwood, Ann and Lawrence, Jill and Burton, Lorelle (2010) Crossing over: strategies for supporting the training and development of international teachers. The International Journal of Learning, 17 (4). pp. 321-333. ISSN 1447-9494


For international teachers the experience of ‘crossing over’ and moving from one higher education context to another for employment can be confronting. Not only does this transition often involve a physical location change but as part of a growing borderless workforce many international academic staff still need to cross borders in terms of having to align their past experience of pedagogical practice, beliefs and teaching contexts with new institutional expectations and strategic directions. This paper draws upon a wide range of theory to address the challenges and tensions that international teacher’s experience. The study presents a model based on capacity building that helps reveal strategies for supporting tertiary teachers in transitioning into a new workplace and includes an example to illustrate how this model is currently being applied at a regional Queensland university. We conclude by encouraging others to consider using these strategies in their own context for supporting international tertiary teachers to align their past ideologies, experiences, pedagogical practices and teaching contexts with new institutional learning and teaching principles.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright is attributed to the author. Readers must ask permission to reproduce.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 05:53
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; international teachers; staff development; capacity building; crosscultural issues; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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