Neither "local" nor "global": Chinese university students' identity paradoxes in the internationalization of higher education

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Abstract

While previous research has explored the social and academic experiences of international students when studying abroad, limited attention has been paid to local students and their adaptation to the internationalization of higher education. To fill this gap, the present study, adopting identity as an analytic lens, examined a group of Chinese university students' perceptions and experiences in an internationalized curriculum in China. The findings show that the participants tried to interpret, construct, and refine their individual, academic, and cultural identities on a daily basis. In particular, they encountered and negotiated with three identity paradoxes, i.e., between "dedicated learners" and "disoriented bees", between "global citizens" and "proud Chinese", and between "team players" and "independent fighters". The study provides useful implications for university management, teachers, and students in response to the ongoing trend of internationalization of higher education. Copyright © 2018 Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-978
JournalHigher Education
Volume77
Issue number6
Early online dateSep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Yuan, R., Li, S., & Yu, B. (2019). Neither "local" nor "global": Chinese university students' identity paradoxes in the internationalization of higher education. Higher Education, 77(6), 963-978. doi: 10.1007/s10734-018-0313-7

Keywords

  • Internationalization of higher education
  • Identity paradoxes
  • Chinese students