This unique and fascinating book is written for tertiary level students in the multicultural classroom, whether studying abroad or at home alongside international students. It relates a genuine understanding of the student perspective of learning in a multicultural classroom, highlighting how students possess different learning styles and attitudes to teaching and learning and demonstrating that students not only face language issues, but also numerous other unanticipated challenges.
The contributors present both theoretical and practical examples of various teaching and learning strategies that international students will encounter, and reveal how to maximise the benefit of these different approaches. They provide invaluable guidance on how to overcome many of the often-unexpected factors that arise when students are faced by a different cultural environment or people who have different cultural expectations and behaviour patterns. Students arrive in the tertiary classroom with a set of behaviours, characteristics and expectations derived from the educational practices of their home-country communities. With these in mind, the book asserts the importance of the student considering what they hope to learn, why they chose the particular institution enrolled with, and whether they will use their newly acquired skills in their own country, the country in which they are studying or somewhere else entirely. It illustrates that understanding exactly what a student wishes to achieve can greatly help to get the best out of the international experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
This highly original and insightful book will prove invaluable to all tertiary level students seeking practical guidance on how to be successful in the global, intercultural classroom.
Carol Dalglish, Associate Professor, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Peter Evans, Principal, Leadership Education Australia and Lynda Lawson, The University of Queensland Australia, Australia
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Global Classroom 3. Exchange and Study Abroad 4. Studying in a Foreign Culture 5. Benefiting from Lectures 6. The Challenges and Skills of Participation 7. Working in Groups and Teams 8. The Case Method: `Learning by Doing' 9. Communication: Writing in the Global Classroom 10. Communication: Speaking in the Global Classroom 11. Success with Assessment and Examinations 12. Research Students in the Global Classroom Index