Mobile Students, Flexible Identities and Liquid Modernity: Disrupting Western Teachers' Assumptions of 'The Asian Learner'

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Title Mobile Students, Flexible Identities and Liquid Modernity: Disrupting Western Teachers' Assumptions of 'The Asian Learner'
Author Doherty, Catherine; Singh, Parlo
Book Title Learning and Teaching Across Cultures in Higher Education
Editor David Palfreyman and Dawn McBride
Year Published 2007
Place of publication New York
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Abstract This chapter re-imagines the mobile 'Asian' student to better articulate with today's context of liquid modernity, its transnational possibilities, and its challenges to notions of fixed cultural identities. The first section critiques arguments that sustain the overly essentialised discourse of 'cultural difference' and offers new ways to understand the international learner's routes. Interview accounts in which international students enrolled in preparatory courses at an Australian university reflect on their educational decisions are analysed to reveal the major investments made by these individuals to gain access to the cultural capital of English language competence and credentials. The analysis also shows how these students can both strategically take up, and disrupt the 'Asian' student position imagined for them. On these grounds, this paper alerts practitioners to the risk of unexamined cultural categories, and argues against 'one-size-fits-all' preparatory programs premised on such constraining models.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Chapter Number 6
Page from 114
Page to 132
ISBN 9780230542839
Date Accessioned 2008-02-22
Date Available 2008-07-09T02:43:41Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Sociology of Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/19665
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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