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Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice

Voices from the Asia-Pacific

Mason, Colina, Rawlings-Sanaei, Felicity (Eds.)

2014, XXV, 218 p. 12 illus.

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  • Explores the parameters of academic migration in the globalisation of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Provides a strong focus on the pedagogical contribution of academic migrants
  • Incorporates Indigenous perspectives on learning and teaching in higher education into the discourse on migration
  • Examines the relationship between academic migrants and the migration of ideas and its impact on shaping of the disciplines.

This volume makes a distinctive and innovative contribution to the globalisation of higher education literature by highlighting the myriad benefits of academic migration. Sixteen academic migrants across the Asia-Pacific region reflect on their experiences and wisdom gained across geographical, cultural and disciplinary domains.  Each one provides an authentic account of ways in which their experiences and insights have benefited their host institutions and enhanced their pedagogical practice.  The groundbreaking volume calls for a shift in academic culture – one in which academic migrants are respected for their cultural, social and intellectual resources, their enhanced interpretive ability and their capacity to view the world through multiple lenses. Are these not the characteristics of educators which universities seek in their efforts to internationalise their institutions and develop in their students an understanding of global citizenship? The volume forges new territory in articulating the relationship between academic migrants, conceptual understanding and the construction of knowledge.

The following themes are addressed in this book:

  • Migration of Ideas, Conceptual Understanding and Pedagogical Enrichment
  • Indigenous Pedagogies and Bridging Worldviews
  • Changing Academic Identities and Reshaping Pedagogies
  • Teaching Practice and the Academic Diaspora.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » academic disapora - academic identities - academic migration - academics in asia pacific - chinese disapora in education - indigenous pedagogies - internationalization of higher education - migration of ideas

Related subjects » Education & Language - Higher Education

Table of contents 

1. Introduction
Colina Mason and Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei

Part I: Migration of Ideas, Conceptual Understanding and Pedagogical Enrichment

2.  Cultural Transfer in University Teaching: Academic Migrant Perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand
Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich

3. Global Scholars as Ambassadors of Knowledge
Boris Handal

Part II:  Indigenous Pedagogies: Bridging Worldviews

4. Negotiating Worldviews – Indigenous Place in Academic Space
Judy Atkinson

5. Towards Cultural Democracy in University Teaching and Research with Special Reference to the Pacific Island Region
Konai Helu Thaman

6. At the Faultline of Disciplinary Boundaries: Emigrating from Physics to Māori Studies
Ocean Rīpeka Mercier

7. E Like Me Ka He’e / Swimming Like the Squid: An Account of an Indigenous Art/Design Educator in a Global Context
Herman Pi’ikea Clark

PartIII: Changing Academic Identities: Reshaping Pedagogies

8. Teaching Across the Eye: Insecurity, Individuality, and Intellectual Values in Global Higher Education Practice
Eugenio Benitez

9. Traversing the academic terrain across the continents: A reflective account of my journey and transformation
Mohammed Razzaque

10. Cultural Positionings and Knowledge Production:  Moving within and between Malaysia and Australia
Cynthia Joseph

11. Embarking upon a New Academic Culture: Implications for Identity and Educational Practice
Erlenawati Sawir

12.  Harnessing International Experience to Improve International Student Employability
Fazel Naghdy

Part IV:  Teaching Practice and the Academic Diaspora

13. Academic Migration and Reshaping of Pedagogy and Epistemology: An Insider-Outsider Perspective
Wing On Lee

14. Chinese Cultural Heritage: Influences on University Learning and Teaching
Patrick Zou

15. Cross-Cultural Academic Experience in Medical Education:  Enrichment of Teaching through Confucian, French and American Influences
Dzung Vu

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