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Developing the Global Graduate: How First Year University Students’ Narrate Their Experiences of Culture

Dippold, Doris, Eccles, Sue, Bridges, Stephanie and Mullen, Emma (2018) Developing the Global Graduate: How First Year University Students’ Narrate Their Experiences of Culture Language and Intercultural Communication.

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Abstract

Developing global graduates or global citizens is a goal often expressed in university mission statements. This study draws on Amadasi & Holliday’s (2017) distinction of block narratives and thread narratives of culture and applies these to interviews with first year students. It shows that some ability to draw on thread narratives and therefore non-essentialist views of culture is in evidence from the start of students’ university careers. Universities need to implement policy and practice to foster the emergence of these abilities and thus enable students to acquire the attributes of a ‘global graduate’. This will also ensure that ‘internationalisation at home’ is not a value-free concept.

In ihren Leitbildern setzen sich viele Universtitäten das Ziel, sogenannte ‘global graduates’ oder ‘global citizens’ auszubilden. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht Interviews mit Studienanfängern auf der Basis von Amadasi & Holliday’s (2017) Unterscheidung von Sperr- und Strangnarrativen. Sie stellt fest, dass die Fähigkeit, Strangnarrative zu verwenden, schon zu Beginn der Universitätskarriere dieser Studenten erkennbar ist. Universitäten sollten durch Leitlinien und praktische Maßnahmen die Herausbildung dieser Fertigkeiten fördern, um es Studenten zu ermöglichen, die Eigenschaften eines ‘global graduates‘ auszuprägen. So kann sichergestellt werden, dass ‘internationalisation at home’ kein wertfreies Konzept bleibt.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Dippold, DorisD.Dippold@surrey.ac.uk
Eccles, Sue
Bridges, Stephanie
Mullen, Emma
Date : 3 October 2018
DOI : 10.1080/14708477.2018.1526939
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Language and Intercultural Communication on 3 October 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14708477.2018.1526939
Uncontrolled Keywords : global citizenship; global graduate; higher education; block narratives; thread narratives; internationalisation at home
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 25 Sep 2018 16:32
Last Modified : 10 Oct 2018 08:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849437

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