Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific

Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific


This volume makes a distinctive and innovative contribution to the globalisation of higher education literature by highlighting the myriad benefits of academic migration. Sixteen academic migrants across the Asia-Pacific region reflect on their experiences and wisdom gained across geographical, cultural and disciplinary domains. Each one provides an authentic account of ways in which their experiences and insights have benefited their host institutions and enhanced their pedagogical practice. The groundbreaking volume calls for a shift in academic culture one in which academic migrants are respected for their cultural, social and intellectual resources, their enhanced interpretive ability and their capacity to view the world through multiple lenses. Are these not the characteristics of educators which universities seek in their efforts to internationalise their institutions and develop in their students an understanding of global citizenship? The volume forges new territory in articulating the relationship between academic migrants, conceptual understanding and the construction of knowledge.

The following themes are addressed in this book:

  • Migration of Ideas, Conceptual Understanding and Pedagogical Enrichment
  • Indigenous Pedagogies and Bridging Worldviews
  • Changing Academic Identities and Reshaping Pedagogies
  • Teaching Practice and the Academic Diaspora.

Table of contents

Front Matter....Pages i-xxv
Introduction: Where is the Narrative around Academic Migration?....Pages 1-9
Front Matter....Pages 11-11
Cultural Transfer in University Teaching: Academic Migrant Perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand....Pages 13-25
Global Scholars as Ambassadors of Knowledge....Pages 27-38
Front Matter....Pages 39-39
Negotiating Worldviews: Indigenous Place in Academic Space ....Pages 41-51
Towards Cultural Democracy in University Teaching and Research with Special Reference to the Pacific Island Region....Pages 53-62
At the Faultline of Disciplinary Boundaries: Emigrating from Physics to M?ori Studies....Pages 63-76
E Like Me ka hee/Swimming Like the Squid: An Account of an Indigenous Art/Design Educator in a Global Context....Pages 77-89
Front Matter....Pages 91-91
Teaching Across the Eye: Insecurity, Individuality, and Intellectual Values in Global Higher Education Practice....Pages 93-104
Traversing the Academic Terrain Across the Continents: A Reflective Account of My Journey and Transformation....Pages 105-118
Cultural Positionings and Knowledge Production: Moving Within and Between Malaysia and Australia....Pages 119-129
Embarking upon a New Academic Culture: Implications for Identity and Educational Practice....Pages 131-142
Harnessing International Experience to Improve International Student Employability....Pages 143-157
Front Matter....Pages 159-159
Academic Migration and Reshaping of Pedagogy and Epistemology: An Insider-Outsider Perspective....Pages 161-175
Chinese Cultural Heritage: Influences on University Learning and Teaching....Pages 177-192
Cross-Cultural Academic Experience in Medical Education: Enrichment of Teaching Through Confucian, French and American Influences....Pages 193-210
Back Matter....Pages 211-218


  • Author: Colina Mason, Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei (auth.), Colina Mason, Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei (eds.)
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag Singapur
  • ISBN-13: 9789814451871, 9789814451888
  • Pages: 233
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 2.0M
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