The potential for disorientation and disconnection of international students

Cowley, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7320-1554 and Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis ORCID: 0000-0002-5022-1210 (2016) The potential for disorientation and disconnection of international students. In: TIRI Conference 2016, 6th July - 68th July 2016, University of Bolton. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There has been a great interest by UK universities in the recruitment of international students. Higher education institutions in the UK have attempted to put measures in place to ensure international students settle quickly when they embark on their studies. This study has noted that when international students start university they are often overwhelmed by the new systems and learning cultures. this can create both academic and social challenges, potentially resulting in poor performance and extra support. This study explores the progress of international undergraduate business students at the University of Bolton during the academic year 2015-2016. In order to undertake this study, data was gathered from students and staff members. This was done using both questionnaires and semi structured interviews focusing on key pedagogical issues faced by international students at the university. The research findings from this study show that the undertaking of education in a new country resents international students with additional challenges, which if not managed effectively can form serious barriers to learning. Potentially, those students who are not effectively supported may become disorientated and disconnected from heir course and the wider university. Based on initial research, the study has established several potential barriers: initial orientation, academic interaction, social integration. The aim of this research is to review some of the key issues facing international students with a view to providing examples of best practice focusing on student centred pedagogy and support at the university.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Divisions: Institute of Management
University of Bolton Conferences > Teaching Intensive Research Informed Conference > 2016
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 10:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:28
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1826

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