Contested concepts of 'partnership' in international student exchange programs

Miles, Debra, Jones, Peter, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, Francis, Abraham, Harris, Nonie, Howard, Elise, King, Julie, Zuchowski, Ines, Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya, Piyachat, and Puthantharayil, George (2016) Contested concepts of 'partnership' in international student exchange programs. In: Proceedings of the 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference (39), pp. 202-211. From: HERSDA 2016: 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference: the shape of higher education, 4-7 July 2016, Freemantle, WA, Australia.

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Abstract

Internationalisation in social work practice and education has been the subject of significant debate for over two decades, with increasing importance placed on developing global perspectives. In part, this has been accomplished through the development of international social work student exchanges and international field placements. While there are compelling reasons as to why international exchanges and placements are undertaken, there are many aspects of these activities that are not adequately explored in the literature. Of particular interest is the concept of transnational partnerships and how these are developed and sustained in and through international student exchanges. For example, many of the international exchange programs discussed in the social work literature are identified as unidirectional initiatives from the Global North, and the lack of reciprocity within their processes challenges the current conceptualisation of "exchange" and "partnership" in such contexts. This paper presents data collected from both Australian "source" universities, and institutions in the Asia Pacific which "host" Australian social work students on exchange or placement. Their perspectives on the nature of transnational partnerships in student exchange programs are described and the contested nature of "exchange" is explored.

Item ID: 44590
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: social work, student exchange, partnerships
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ISBN: 978-0-908557-96-7
ISSN: 0729-4360
Funders: Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 03:21
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 30%
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