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International management learning: comparative study of the Open University students

Ramanau, Ruslan and Tyler, Sheila (2011). International management learning: comparative study of the Open University students. In: Proceedings of the European Humanities University Conference: Social Sciences, Humanities and Higher Education in Eastern Europe after 1991, Vilnius, Lithuania , 14-16 June 2011, Vilnius, Lithuania .

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Literature on ‘internationalisation’ within the higher educator sector lacks a student perspective as a result of imperatives to attract students from outside the host countries of education providers. Most courses are ‘international’ only by virtue of having an international and culturally-diverse student body rather than being designed to provide cross-cultural knowledge and inter-cultural learning experiences. Progression from a monocultural perspective has not been demonstrated in student populations, nor what is involved cognitively and emotionally. Without such information effective methods of ‘internationalising’ curricula cannot be achieved. This study is a first, small step to discovering what students’ needs and aspirations are and what drives these. Findings were counter-intuitive: among distance-learning students desiring ‘internationalised’ course content were those with least intercultural awareness and experience.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Keywords: internationalisation; cross-cultural research; management learning; cultural perspectives international curriculum
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 31645
Depositing User: Ruslan Ramanau
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:21
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