Learner Relationships in a Global Higher Education: Critical intercultural pedagogy for a multicultural globalising world

Foster, Monika and Killick, D (2019) Learner Relationships in a Global Higher Education: Critical intercultural pedagogy for a multicultural globalising world. Routledge, Routledge UK. (Submitted)

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As Anglophone higher education, in particular, expands its global footprint through transnational education and internationalisation at home, and engages with a greater diversity of local stakeholders through widening access, the relationships it enables its diverse students to establish with their peers, their learning, their curriculum, and their communities will impact significantly upon how they, as graduates, engage with their present and future worlds. At the same time, the emerging contexts of transnational higher education bring opportunities for new relationship patterns and growth based on diverse cultures, perspectives, and priorities, creating opportunities to shape positive relationships and develop agency. If purposefully encouraged and facilitated, this presents a new capacity to experience equitable and relevant learning for all student groups in a higher education without borders.

This book explores how the design and delivery of a higher education for students across the domestic, distance learning, and overseas campuses of the emerging post-national university can influence the relationships experienced by our students. It argues for, and illustrates how, a deliberate focus on the processes of international and cross-cultural relationship-building within the student experience can advance learning which is more equitable and more relevant to the individual learner and for the world. The book draws upon critical, intercultural, diversity and multicultural education principles and theory, but is essentially designed to facilitate learning and teaching practice which enhances relationship-building for students, and empowers them to take action in a multicultural globalising world. It advocates for a critical intercultural pedagogy through which students critique norms, rituals and perspectives of minority and majority voices through their relationships with each other within their learning environments, disciplinary curriculums, learning experiences, and assessments.

We believe the book will make a valuable contribution to the Internationalization in Higher Education series by bringing new perspectives to the field. The focus on student relationships speaks to many of the concerns within internationalisation, intercultural studies, and global citizenship education, but also illustrates how these concerns are of relevance to inclusivity, academic equity, and learning gain for all students. We believe that this theme has not yet been treated systematically, despite many allusions to the importance of cross-cultural dialogue and encounter within other volumes.

• What are its main themes and objectives?
The book takes student relationships – with each other, with their learning, with their own and others’ world views and experiences - as a unifying theme for an approach to academic practice which is relevant for diverse students in diverse contexts, and which can build capabilities appropriate to graduates in a multicultural globalising world.

Although not a book on relationship science, we briefly but systematically set out the importance of relationships to student well-being, to their capabilities for critical thinking and inclusive action, and to the shaping of their identities as global graduates. Relationships are shaped through the experiences we have with our world and those who inhabit it. They are generative – past relationships giving shape to how future relationships are approached and developed. Dis-functional relationships can destroy individuals, families, communities, and, ultimately, our capabilities to share the only planet we have. Positive relationships can generate future kindness, reciprocity, empathy, and well-being. Relationships generate and sustain agency. Only through relationships can we build the mutual trust and understandings needed to advance our projects – in our disciplines, our employment, our homes, and our societies.

The book aims to provide the academic community with robust and highly practical insights into the importance of designing relationship building and enhancement into the learning environment and experiences of all students.

Item Type: Book
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Law
Depositing User: Monika Foster
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 11:13
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 11:13
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11243

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