Stepping forward to learn: Thai students reflect on hosting Australian international exchange students

Miles, Debra, Harris, Nonie, and Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya, Piyachat (2019) Stepping forward to learn: Thai students reflect on hosting Australian international exchange students. Journal of Studies in International Education, 23 (2). pp. 217-233.

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The value of international student exchange programs is well documented – from the perspective of visiting students and sending institutions. This paper reports on research that aimed to capture different perspectives by talking with host Thai students who interacted with and translated for visiting Australian social work students. This focus on the exchange experience from the perspective of the hosting Thai students foregrounds these seldom-heard voices, highlighting the benefits of engagement and reflective learning for host students and institutions. The analysed data shows that there are numerous opportunities for host students to benefit from international exchange and to develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills that are necessary prerequisites for intercultural learning and sensitivity. The paper illustrates the high demands on hosts and can inform good practice in the planning and design of exchange programs.

Item ID: 55060
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7808
Keywords: student exchange; host experience; intercultural learning
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 European Association for International Education
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2018 22:57
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
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