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Internationalizing the Curriculum in Higher Education: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 118

Carolin Kreber (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-53733-6
128 pages
July 2009, Jossey-Bass
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Internationalization is a looming policy issue in higher education yet precisely what it can add to the student learning experience and what it means with regard to teaching and learning are far too infrequently discussed or written about.

This volume explores different meanings and rationales underlying the notion of internationalization in higher education. Although internationalization efforts in higher education have become increasingly driven by economic considerations, finance is not an appropriate foundation for all initiatives, particularly those at the level of curriculum, where academic, social/cultural, ethical, political and even environmental rationales feature more strongly. The chapter authors provide a rich conceptual basis from which to appreciate concrete efforts directed at internationalizing curricula, and they describe nine cases of internationalization initiatives at the curricular level.

The volume further suggests that consideration of internationalization in higher education must look both within specific programs and across programs. It cannot be separated from fundamental questions about the purposes of higher education and the roles of teachers, students, administrators, and the institution as a whole in fulfilling those purposes.

This is the 118th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Teaching and Learning, which offers a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers.

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1. Different Perspectives on Internationalization in Higher Education 1
Carolin Kreber
This chapter considers links between globalization and internationalization in higher education, discusses different motivations underlying internationalization efforts, and provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

2. Reflections on Trends and Challenges in Internationalizing an Ontario Community College 15
Valerie L. Grabove
This chapter describes how a mid-sized community college in Ontario embraces the notion of internationalization using an entrepreneurialmodel. Market-driven in its efforts to increase revenue, internationalization is in evidence primarily at the institutional level and marginalized at the academic level.

3. Education for World-Mindedness: Beyond Superficial Notions of Internationalization 25
Geraldine Van Gyn, Sabine Schuerholz-Lehr, Catherine Caws, Allison Preece
This chapter situates and describes an educational development initiative, based on transformative learning theory, designed to successfully support university educators in internationalizing their courses and programs.

4. From the Inside Out: Learning to Understand and Appreciate Multiple Voices Through Telling Identities 39
Bobbie Turniansky, Smadar Tuval, Ruth Mansur, Judith Barak, Ariela Gidron
This chapter looks at internationalization through a multicultural lens, and describes and discusses a workshop that focuses on cultural aspects of personal and professional identity.

5. Learning About Obligation, Compassion, and Global Justice: The Place of Contemplative Pedagogy 49
David Kahane
This chapter suggests that contemplative pedagogies have a pivotal role to play in internationalizing higher education, insofar as one goal of internationalization is to cultivate a meaningful and motivating sense of global citizenship.

6. The Sattvic Curriculum: A Three-Level, Non-Western, Superstructure for Undergraduate Education 61
Martin Haigh
This chapter explores the possibility of internationalizing the undergraduate curriculum by means of adopting a non-Western framework, and discusses the educational benefits of, and main objections voiced against, an attempt to shift internationalization from its Eurocentric foundations.

7. Bridging the Distance: Service Learning in International Perspective 71
Jean C. Florman, Craig Just, Tomomi Naka, Jim Peterson, Hazel H. Seaba
This chapter describes how an existing partnership between two communities, one in eastern Iowa and one in Mexico, was turned into an interdisciplinary and international service learning course for students in the University of Iowa Colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts & Sciences.

8. Context-Oriented Instructional Design for Course Transformation 85
Ross A. Perkins
The chapter reports on a project where contextual considerations became a key part of instructional design decisions when colleagues from Virginia Tech and Mzuzu University personnel worked together to redesign an online master’s degree program to fit Malawi’s needs.

9. Internationalizing Curriculum: A New Kind of Education? 95
Arja Vainio-Mattila
This chapter describes an initiative to allow students to experience the “international” locally while engaging critically with the “global.”

10. Sustainability, Internationalization, and Higher Education 105
Tarah S. A. Wright
This chapter explores internationalization efforts through the lens of global sustainability and examines the role of universities in educating for Sustainable Development through modeling sustainable behavior, and through pedagogy.

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