Professional Learning in the Work Place for International Students

Exploring Theory and Practice

  • Georgina Barton
  • Kay Hartwig

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theorising Internationalisation, Professional Socialisation and Reflective Practice for International Students

  3. Work Placement for International Student Programs

  4. Improving Work Placements for International Students: Exploring the Higher Education Context

About this book


This book shares a range of examples where international students have undertaken a work placement, practicum, internship or participated in work integrated learning. Contributions reflect on the successes and challenges that this particularly diverse group of students experience when undertaking work placement programs in a variety of disciplines, such as education, engineering and health. The book explores these experiences via three main conceptualisations: 1. Internationalisation and interculturalisation – including the diversity of international student cohorts and the associated policy, practices and assessment related to international students in higher education; 2. Multi-socialisation – of international students with a focus on new cultural contexts, professional learning and disciplinarity; and 3. Reflection and reflective practice – acknowledging that for improvement and change to occur those involved need to reflect on current and possible future practice. A working model of effective practice is introduced which can inform prospective international students, their mentors/supervisors, work placement coordinators and other relevant university staff.


internationalisation professional socialisation cultural competencies reflection student/mentor relationships educational mobility pedagogic variation Work Integrated Learning reflective practice international students professional learning work integrated learning interculturalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Georgina Barton
    • 1
  • Kay Hartwig
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandSpringfield CentralAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60057-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60058-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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