Internationalising Higher Education: Learning and Teaching

Coryell, J, Sehin, O & Pena, C. 2018 ‘Adult Education through a Cosmopolitanism Lens: A Review of the Research Literature’, Adult Education Quarterly, vol. 68, pp. 179-196, viewed August 27 2018, UOW Database

This source by Coryell et al. discusses the concept of cosmopolitanism in regard to adult education, which is relevant to week 4’s topic of internationalising higher education.  The article brings together the findings of 29 research articles and dissertations on cosmopolitanism in adult education, and analyses the ways that the theories of cosmopolitanism have been employed in the context of adult education. The original articles were all published between 2007 and 2017, meaning that the information found in them and then collated is still relevant to an audience today. The research is set out in three major parts; the method, findings and discussion, which allows the source to follow a logical path in the discussion of results which can be clearly followed and understood. The source makes lengthy references to all 29 papers collated, which are used to both agree with and contrast each other, meaning that the paper should be seen as reliable given the extent of referenced information supporting. The authors of the paper are made up of an Associate Professor and Director, coordinator and a PhD student, all from the University of Texas, who, as well as declaring no conflict of interest with the subject matter within the paper, are all experienced in the research areas of higher education and international affairs. This source is incredibly useful, as it not only provides readers with an overview of the research in the area of cosmopolitanism in higher education, but it also provides further avenues for research.

Jun-youb, L. 2018, ‘World’s Best School for Whom?’, The Korea Times, 5 August, viewed 27 August 2018, http://www.koreatimes.co.kr

This article in The Korean Times newspaper highlights what can be seen as the negative effects of cosmopolitanism on education overall. The author tells of his own experiences attending schools overseas from his own country and then uses these to justify the negative effect that he believes the opening of new schools in his home of South Korea may have. This viewpoint changes from the beginning to the end of the article, as hindsight is eventually used to shape his final perspective. The article does not provide and statistical information which could be potentially used to support the arguments put forward. This article is useful in that it shows an opposing side to the argument of cosmopolitanism generally being seen as a good change for education. The author of the article, Lee Jun-youb, is a freelance journalist and literary translator who is based in Seoul, however his assumed global knowledge taken from his overseas schooling and work can be used to assume that the article reliable. Having said this, it is also important to note that the article is one of opinion, and so may vary from other writings on the same subject. In this case, it is important to use this article in conjunction with others.

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