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The impact of transculturality on student experience of higher education

Smith, H ORCID: 0000-0003-1253-8601 and Segbers, T 2018 , 'The impact of transculturality on student experience of higher education' , Journal of Experiential Education, vol. 41, no. 1 , pp. 75-89 , doi:

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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: 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 students’ 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: Article
Authors/Creators:Smith, H and Segbers, T
Keywords: outdoor studies, transculturality, higher education, internationalisation, study abroad
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experiential Education
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
ISSN: 1053-8259
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