Critical Insights on Inherent Opportunities and Complexities Presented by Educational Sojourns

By Dely Lazarte Elliot

Chair: Yang Rui
Using a psychological lens, this seminar will focus on the opportunities and challenges inherent in the educational sojourn experience of a considerable number of students engaged in international education. The discussion will be grounded in a developmental theory originally proposed by Urie Bronfenbrenner leading to a new perspective concerning the distinctive processes entailed in an educational sojourn, particularly the implications of co-existing multilevel ecological systems from both ‘home’ and ‘host’ countries. There is a strong argument that a greater appreciation of this less explored perspective of academic acculturation is not only central to the quality of students’ educational experience but is equally crucial to the success or failure of these educational sojourns. The value of understanding academic acculturation warrants an important question with respect to the roles played by Higher Education Institutions, staff members and students themselves in maximising what international education can offer, not only to educational sojourners but equally, to realising ‘internationalisation at home’.
Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow convening Educational Psychology and contributing to other postgraduate courses. She has a strong interest in both the academic and non-academic acculturation encountered by postgraduate students learning in international higher education contexts.

She recently led two research projects: a) Academic acculturation through international education: The British higher Education experience (funded by Adam Smith Research Foundation), and b) Towards maximising international PhD students’ experience in the UK (funded by Economic And Social Research Council IAA).

Dely regularly publishes and reviews in the areas of international education and doctoral education. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Journal. Recent publications appear in Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Research & Development, Oxford Review of Education and International Journal of Research & Method in Education.

Date: Tuesday 17 April 2018

Time: 14:30 – 15:45

Venue:  Room 202, Runme Shaw Building

All are welcome!

 

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