Transformational, inclusive, and multicultural or empty rhetoric? Perceptions and experiences of international academic staff

Wayne Bailey, Claudia. M. Bordogna, Halina Harvey, Glynn Jones, Sean Walton

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Abstract

Using a bi-dimensional, fourfold model as a thinking tool to contemplate acculturation strategies we analyse the intercultural experience of international academic staff (IAS) in the United Kingdom higher education. The literature suggests that IAS feel undervalued as a professional group and that institutions do not capitalise on their diverse contributions. We position IAS within the strategic sphere of ethno cultural groups and the institution within the larger society. In a single case study, we analyse IAS acculturation strategies and their perceptions of how their institution accepts diversity. Findings show that IAS are willing to integrate, but do not aim to remove all traces of their own culture and values, adopting integration strategies. Their perceptions are that the larger society does not seek to segregate IAS; however, it does not provide the conditions for IAS to flourish in professional practice, especially at the early stage of transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-362
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume45
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

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