Supporting inclusive practicum experiences for international students across the social sciences: building industry capacity

Felton, Kathleen and Harrison, Gai (2016) Supporting inclusive practicum experiences for international students across the social sciences: building industry capacity. Higher Education Research and Development, . doi:10.1080/07294360.2016.1170766


Author Felton, Kathleen
Harrison, Gai
Title Supporting inclusive practicum experiences for international students across the social sciences: building industry capacity
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8366
0729-4360
Publication date 2016-05-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2016.1170766
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Practicum experiences are critical learning environments for developing requisite skills, knowledge, behaviours and attitudes across the professions. Evidence suggests that international students in professional social and behavioural science programs struggle across a number of dimensions while on practicum. Key issues for these students coalesce around English language competency and cultural competency in the workplace. Research evidence likewise suggests that workplaces generally struggle to provide culturally inclusive practicum experiences for international students. This difficulty is evident at the level of individual supervisors, as well as at the level of schools and host organisations. This article reports on the capacity of host organisations to offer inclusive practicum experience for international students across professional programs in the social and behavioural sciences. The article reviews the literature in relation to the needs of international students and factors supporting inclusive practicum experiences, before outlining the method and findings of a needs analysis undertaken as part of a research project conducted in south-east Queensland, Australia. Suggestions are provided about how the capacity of host organisations can be developed to offer quality practicum experiences for international students.
Keyword Behavioural science
Inclusive education
International students
Practicum
Psychology
Social science
Social work
Teaching
Tourism
Work-integrated learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 17 May 2016, 00:27:16 EST by System User on behalf of Learning and Research Services (UQ Library)