At the moment I am at the ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning) conference, where I will present the results of Abdullah Almodaires' PhD study on Technology-Supported Reflection in Kuwait. I will tell more about this in a next post.
Can we do something about it? One of the solutions that Jude mentions is that we as a teacher have to make the learning practice more explicit: explain the rules of the game and assisting the international students to become skillfull "players" of the academic game of the other country. We have to work with students "as a source of mutual adaptation". And that is were the term "transcultural" comes from. How do we do this?
- recognizing and valuing other academic and cultural practices
- see students as bearers of culture, not bearers of problems
- keep the dialogue open
I would be very interested in hearing from our "international students" if we are already doing this, or that we have to pay more attention to it!