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The impact of transculturality on student experience of higher education


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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DOI: doi:10.1177/1053825917750406


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:outdoor studies, transculturality, higher education, internationalisation, study abroad
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Smith, H (Dr Heidi Smith)
ID Code:124282
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-02-16
Last Modified:2018-12-06

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