Equal Opportunities for learning? An investigation of lecturers and international students experiences with learning and teaching in an international classroom

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This chapter addresses some important developments within international higher education. The chapter draws on data collection carried out among both international students and their lecturers within a single two-year Academic Professional programme at a university of applied sciences in Denmark. The data collection was based on a mixed-methods approach and included non- participant observation of teaching sessions, focus group interviews with the students, in-depth individual interviews with the lecturers and questionnaire surveys of both students and the lecturers.

The findings show that most international students enter the education as strong and independent agents. Yet they are often placed in a deficit by the institution and their lecturers, as lecturers, knowingly or unknowingly, tend to marginalize the international students by perceiving them as challenging and not as academically strong as their Danish peers. This appears to be caused by the fact that several existing structures and complex social systems severely inhibit the lecturer’s achievement of agency. As such, a low degree of agency among the lecturers may result in a higher tendency to marginalize international students making it difficult to render an international and supporting learning environment for all the students on equal terms.
TitelInternationalisation and Transnationalisation in Higher Education
RedaktørerVesa Korhonen, Pauliina Alenius
Antal sider22
ForlagPeter Lang
Publikationsdato1 okt. 2018
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-0343-2776-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-0343-2966-8
StatusUdgivet - 1 okt. 2018
NavnStudies in Vocational and continuing education


  • Læring, pædagogik og undervisning