Inequalities and Agencies in Workplace Learning Experiences: International Student Perspectives

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620265
Title:
Inequalities and Agencies in Workplace Learning Experiences: International Student Perspectives
Authors:
Wall, Tony; Tran, Ly Thi; Soejatminah, Sri
Abstract:
National systems of vocational education and training around the globe are facing reform driven by quality, international mobility, and equity. Evidence suggests that there are qualitatively distinctive challenges in providing and sustaining workplace learning experiences to international students. However, despite growing conceptual and empirical work, there is little evidence of the experiences of these students undertaking workplace learning opportunities as part of vocational education courses. This paper draws on a four-year study funded by the Australian Research Council that involved 105 in depth interviews with international students undertaking work integrated learning placements as part of vocational education courses in Australia. The results indicate that international students can experience different forms of discrimination and deskilling, and that these were legitimised by students in relation to their understanding of themselves as being an ‘international student’ (with fewer rights). However, the results also demonstrated the ways in which international students exercised their agency towards navigating or even disrupting these circumstances, which often included developing their social and cultural capital. This study, therefore, calls for more proactively inclusive induction and support practices that promote reciprocal understandings and navigational capacities for all involved in the provision of work integrated learning. This, it is argued, would not only expand and enrich the learning opportunities for international students, their tutors, employers, and employees involved in the provision of workplace learning opportunities, but it could also be a catalyst to promote greater mutual appreciation of diversity in the workplace.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; Deakin University; Deakin University
Citation:
Wall, T., Tran, L.T. & Soejatminah, S. (2016). Inequalities and agencies in workplace learning experiences: International student perspectives. Vocations and Learning. DOI: 10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Vocations and Learning
Publication Date:
31-Oct-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620265
DOI:
10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/journal/12186
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2
ISSN:
1874-785X
EISSN:
1874-7868
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Work Related Studies

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dc.contributor.authorWall, Tonyen
dc.contributor.authorTran, Ly Thien
dc.contributor.authorSoejatminah, Srien
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-28T09:09:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-28T09:09:04Z-
dc.date.issued2016-10-31-
dc.identifier.citationWall, T., Tran, L.T. & Soejatminah, S. (2016). Inequalities and agencies in workplace learning experiences: International student perspectives. Vocations and Learning. DOI: 10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2en
dc.identifier.issn1874-785X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620265-
dc.descriptionThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12186-016-9167-2en
dc.description.abstractNational systems of vocational education and training around the globe are facing reform driven by quality, international mobility, and equity. Evidence suggests that there are qualitatively distinctive challenges in providing and sustaining workplace learning experiences to international students. However, despite growing conceptual and empirical work, there is little evidence of the experiences of these students undertaking workplace learning opportunities as part of vocational education courses. This paper draws on a four-year study funded by the Australian Research Council that involved 105 in depth interviews with international students undertaking work integrated learning placements as part of vocational education courses in Australia. The results indicate that international students can experience different forms of discrimination and deskilling, and that these were legitimised by students in relation to their understanding of themselves as being an ‘international student’ (with fewer rights). However, the results also demonstrated the ways in which international students exercised their agency towards navigating or even disrupting these circumstances, which often included developing their social and cultural capital. This study, therefore, calls for more proactively inclusive induction and support practices that promote reciprocal understandings and navigational capacities for all involved in the provision of work integrated learning. This, it is argued, would not only expand and enrich the learning opportunities for international students, their tutors, employers, and employees involved in the provision of workplace learning opportunities, but it could also be a catalyst to promote greater mutual appreciation of diversity in the workplace.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/journal/12186en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectwork based learningen
dc.subjectwork placementen
dc.subjectInequalityen
dc.subjectagencyen
dc.subjectBourdieuen
dc.titleInequalities and Agencies in Workplace Learning Experiences: International Student Perspectivesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1874-7868-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Deakin University; Deakin Universityen
dc.identifier.journalVocations and Learningen
dc.date.accepted2016-10-31-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Chester and Australian Research Councilen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectInternally funded research - QR 160- Wall; ARC award in Deakin Universityen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
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