Bridging cultures: a programme of academic development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Goodall, Helen, Khalil, Herish, Ismail, Zina Adil, Shekho, Syako Sulaiman and Majdi, Kays Sharee (2019) Bridging cultures: a programme of academic development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Studies in Higher Education. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0307-5079

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In this paper, collaborative autoethnography is used to explore the authors’ involvement as participants in and facilitator of an academic development programme that took place in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Recognising the significant differences in cultural origin between the Iraqi participants and its British facilitator, the authors share their reflections on the programme. Consideration is given to the implications of cultural differences in respect of the authors’ expectations and experiences of this educational encounter, with particular emphasis on different approaches to learning and teaching prevailing in collectivist cultures, compared to those that are more individualist. The authors highlight the importance of early relationship-building in cross-cultural educational encounters, emphasising the two-way nature of this particular learning experience and the subsequent impact on their practice as educators.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: Academic development, crosss-cultural educational encounters, educational development, higher education, collaborative autoethnography
Divisions: Education
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 09:26
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 04:50
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