Supervising Postgraduates From Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (Society for Research into Higher Education)

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Many universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have come to rely heavily on the fees received from postgraduate research students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB). These students must make huge adaptations: to another language, an alien culture, a different tradition of learning. They may suffer acute loneliness, confusion about cultural norms in the host country and, in consequence, their study may suffer.

If universities are to maintain and expand their NESB numbers, they must first understand the dilemmas faced by many NESB students in English-speaking university systems, and then devise programmes and approaches which will ensure a productive outcome for such students. This book provides important insights into the lives of NESB postgraduate students and suggests valuable strategies for universities and individual supervisors. It is the first book to tackle these issues, it gives voice to both students and supervisors, and provides practical guidance. It is a significant resource both for institutions (for international offices, research centres, and departments) and for individual supervisors.

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Yoni Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in the Teaching and Learning Support Services Unit at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She works in staff development for flexible delivery, open learning and new uses of educational technology; and has conducted and facilitated numerous workshops on enhancing the quality of postgraduate supervision.

Ortun Zuber-Skerritt has published widely and conducted workshops in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and Australia on action learning for organizational development, enhancing the quality of postgraduate supervision, research skills development, and departmental development processes. She is Adjunct Professor both in the Faculty of Education at Griffith University and in the Institute for Workplace Research, Learning and Development at Southern Cross University, Australia.

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