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How can we support international students’ successful education transitions? (Institution perspective)


Tue 22 August 2017 4:20 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr Vivienne Anderson
Mary Furnari

When students move overseas to study, they experience personal, geographic and education transitions. Successful education transitions require adjustment by both students and the institutions that enrol them. In this two-part workshop we will explore the multi-layered nature of education transitions, and consider practical ways of supporting students and teachers to ensure successful outcomes.

In part one, we will explore the transition challenges that international students may encounter in New Zealand, learn what the research says about transitions in general, and education transitions in particular, and brainstorm key strategies to address education transition challenges.

In part two, we will explore the challenges that education institutions face when working with transitioning students (e.g. teaching and learning challenges, communication challenges, integrating international and domestic students, and up-skilling academic staff). We will again outline the available research and brainstorm strategies for supporting ‘new’ students at an institutional level.

You will leave this workshop equipped with evidence-informed strategies you can implement to support your students’ education transitions.