Smith, H and Segbers, T, The impact of transculturality on student experience of higher education, Journal of Experiential Education, 41, (1) pp. 75-89. ISSN 1053-8259 (2018) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Higher education outdoor studies programs retain a critical interest in student experiences as they seek to prepare citizens in a globalized, yet simultaneously neo-nationalist, world.
Purpose: This research explored the impact of transculturality on the student experience of outdoor studies in the Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) Masters, a course hosted by three universities in three countries.
Methodology/Approach:A longitudinal study of the student experience, using a conceptual framework of self, place, transculturality, and outdoor learning theory underpins the research. Semistructured online interviews and one face-to-face retrospective interview were conducted with four participants throughout the course (Semesters 1, 2, 3), plus an additional five participants prior to the end of Semester 3.
Findings/Conclusions: The findings elucidate studentsí transcultural self-growth and transcultural capabilities, including resilience, intelligence, and fatigue.
Implications: Although challenges exist for course design, considerations of transcultural pedagogy and curricula, reflective practices, support for students and teaching staff, cultural learning experiences (including language acquisition), and a willingness to move beyond traditional models of curricula at the university level are recommended.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||outdoor studies, transculturality, higher education, internationalisation, study abroad|
|Research Group:||Education Systems|
|Research Field:||Higher Education|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Learner and Learning|
|Objective Field:||Learner and Learning Processes|
|Author:||Smith, H (Dr Heidi Smith)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
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