‘Crossing Over’: Strategies for Supporting the Training and Development of International Teachers

By Alice Brown, Ann Dashwood, Jill Lawrence and Lorelle Burton.

Published by The Learner Collection

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For international teachers the experience of ‘crossing over’ and moving from one higher education context to another for employment can be confronting. Not only does this transition often involve a physical location change but as part of a growing borderless workforce many international academic staff still need to cross borders in terms of having to align their past experience of pedagogical practice, beliefs and teaching contexts with new institutional expectations and strategic directions. This paper draws upon a wide range of theory to address the challenges and tensions that international teacher’s experience. The study presents a model based on capacity building that helps reveal strategies for supporting tertiary teachers in transitioning into a new workplace and includes an example to illustrate how this model is currently being applied at a regional Queensland university. We conclude by encouraging others to consider using these strategies in their own context for supporting international tertiary teachers to align their past ideologies, experiences, pedagogical practices and teaching contexts with new institutional learning and teaching principles.

Keywords: Higher Education, International Teachers, Staff Development, Capacity Building, Cross-cultural

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp.321-334. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.295MB).

Alice Brown

Lecturer in Education, Health, Early Childhood and Social Ecology, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Alice Brown is an experienced lecturer and researcher of teacher, health and early childhood education at the University of Southern Queensland. Alice has been recognised for her exemplary teaching and learning practices: nominated for Australian lecturer of the Year 2009, winner of a Faculty of Education Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) Award, recipient with a team of researchers of several Learning and Teaching grants. She has co-authored of a book chapter, published a number of journal articles and presented at national and international conferences on related issues pertaining to best practice learning and teaching in higher education. She is currently engaged with a team of researchers on a pilot study and the development of an innovative learning and teaching tool title SALT (Self- Assessment Learning and Teaching Tool).

Dr. Ann Dashwood

Post-graduate Coordinator of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Ann is currently the Post-graduate Coordinator of Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the recipient of the Fellowship Australian College of Educators award, a USQ Equity Incentives Fund grants for 2005 and a USQ award for teaching excellence award in 2006. She is a popular invited speaker and recognised leader in the field of foreign language pedagogy. She has published a range of refereed papers in the area of scholarship, pedagogy and learning as well as papers pertaining to applied linguistics

Dr. Jill Lawrence

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Jill Lawrence is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. She has been recognised for her exemplary teaching and learning practice in higher education and recipient numerous awards including the Australian Award for Teaching Excellence (Humanities and the Arts) 2007 and the Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2006. She was an Assessor with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and Discipline assessor, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Fellowship Awards. She is advocate for best practice learning and teaching, presenting at numerous conferences and workshops.

Dr. Lorelle Burton

Associate Professor (Psychology) and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Sciences (Psychology), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Associate Professor Lorelle Burton (PhD, MAPS) is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). She is a registered psychologist and has received multiple teaching excellence awards, both locally and nationally (including Lorelle received the USQ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001. In 2004, she was awarded the Pearson Education and Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award. In 2006, she received a Carrick Citation and an individual Carrick Award for Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences). Lorelle’s passion for teaching is also reflected in the fact that her current research focus is on better understanding the factors that impact on student learning. This research has been published in multiple forums, including refereed journals and conference proceedings. She has been a lead investigator on a number of internal research projects and has served on learning and teaching committees at both the local and national level. Lorelle has authored multiple psychology textbooks, including a market leading first year Australian psychology textbook and a widely adopted textbook about writing essays and research reports in psychology.

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