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Understanding contextual layers of policy and motivations for internationalization: Identifying connections and tensions

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Fischer, S and Green, WJ, Understanding contextual layers of policy and motivations for internationalization: Identifying connections and tensions, Journal of Studies in International Education, 22, (3) pp. 242-258. ISSN 1028-3153 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 European Association for International Education

DOI: doi:10.1177/1028315318762503

Abstract

Many have observed challenges in translating internationalization policy into practice in universities. When key policy documents provide inconsistent messages, a gap can emerge between vision and practice. Understanding the complexities of an institutionís local, national, and global context and its rationale for internationalization can shed light on why such gaps arise. This case study demonstrates how a thematic analysis of relevant international, national, state, and institutional policies can reveal tensions between these layers, and indicate possible reasons for the failure to translate policy into practice. The main rationale driving internationalization at the university studied here is economic; however, starting in 2016, a variation in key themes and, thus, rationales is found in the documents. This indicates a shift in the universityís internationalization discourse may be occurring. We argue that a more comprehensive approach to internationalization is needed to address inconsistencies in policy directions and drive practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:internationalisation, higher education, policy, thematic analysis, geopolitical contextual layers
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Education Policy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:School/Institution
Objective Field:School/Institution Policies and Development
UTAS Author:Fischer, S (Mrs Sarah Fischer)
UTAS Author:Green, WJ (Dr Wendy Green)
ID Code:124898
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-03-16
Last Modified:2019-01-22
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