James Booth

James BoothPostgraduate Researcher

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PhD in Human Geography

Internationalisation of British Higher Education and social media: Academic identities, transnational socialisation and engaged pedagogic practice

This HEA funded studentship aims to bridge the gap in the technology literature on the international postgraduate student experience and in the internationalisation literature on the role that social media play in contemporary pedagogic practices.

The following types of questions will be explored:
- in what ways do different social media aid the socialisation of international postgraduate students into British Higher Educational establishments and culture, thus helping to forge new academic identities and encouraging retention and success?
- how do international students leaving British Universities use social media to aid their transition ‘back home’ and in improving their employability?

The studentship will fill this research gap by examining the variegated uses of different social media by a differentiated group of ‘international’ students in the British Higher Education sector.

‘Engaged pedagogy’ will be employed whereby pedagogy will not simply be thought of in terms of teaching practices, but rather a more ‘layered’ approach will be taken that considers the discourses, power hierarchies and complex geographical, historical, political, economic and cultural relations ‘beyond the classroom walls’ that shape international students’ presence in the UK.

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