A Traditional Digest

Dear subscribers

One of the themes which is starting to emerge in EDDi is the future of globalisation.

We discussed it in our August 2021 edition and, for reasons we all know about, it’s popping up with increasing frequency and in increasingly negative terms. But, amidst the unremitting gloom of Covid-19, it is worth reminding ourselves as to the benefits of international education.

And this traditional EDDi does just that. We have three pieces, each on a different international theme:

Living and Teaching Internationally: Teachers Talk about Personal Experiences, Benefits, and Challenges

International Students’ Perceptions of Their Needs When Going Abroad

Using the Science of Learning to Build Collective Teacher Efficacy (+Audio)

The first of these examines the benefits that stemmed from a small group of teachers’ intercultural experiences, and the challenges they faced transitioning from their own cultures to a new setting.

The second argues that the support in place to help international students with cultural transition and with the practical demands of living in a new country is essential to their success - and to successful recruitment of overseas students.

In the final piece (kindly narrated by Jason Lasky) , Dr Ian Kelleher, a speaker at the upcoming Outstanding Schools Asia Conference, shares key advice on how school leaders and teachers can translate the science of learning into everyday classroom practice.

And, on a related ‘international’ theme, as cricketer Azeem Rafiq gave evidence this week about his experiences at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, this comment from Dr Jane Bryan (Warwick University, UK) struck us as powerful and highly relevant to international educators:

“Our names are a key part of our identity, often chosen with care and laden with personal meaning. Being called by our name is powerful: it can make us feel us feel noticed and can encourage a sense of connection. However, if our names are routinely mispronounced, avoided or forgotten, it can have a negative impact on our sense of belonging.

“There is still a widespread lack of sensitivity to the importance of names to a person and their sense of identity which means that microaggressions, or bullying, often go unacknowledged and unaddressed.”

There is more on the ‘Say My Name’ project here.

Until next week.

Happy reading


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