Szkornik, K (2017) Teaching and learning on a transnational education programme: opportunities and challenges for flying faculty in Geography and related disciplines. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41 (4). pp. 521-531. ISSN 0309-8265

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Abstract

Within the context of the internationalization of UK higher education, an increasing number of UK-based institutions are developing collaborative degree programmes with overseas institutions, of which partnerships with institutions in China are the most common. This paper employs a critical reflective approach to explore, from different perspectives (self-reflection, student feedback, our colleagues’ experiences), some of the opportunities and challenges that exist for flying faculty through critical reflection on the author’s own flying faculty experiences delivering an introductory Physical Geography module in China. Teaching in an unfamiliar environment brings with it a plethora of challenges, however; for staff in Geography and related disciplines, active engagement with the external world through field-based learning is perhaps the most challenging aspect of any overseas teaching experience. As such, a particular focus of this paper is on the challenges, and potential solutions, of incorporating field-based learning and teaching in the international classroom. Ultimately, faculty with international teaching experience are best placed to develop and enhance the internationalization of their own institution’s curricula.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2017.1337735 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transnational education (TNE), flying faculty, China, field-based teaching, critical reflection
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 09:02
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 09:41
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2652

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