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Colour, culture and difference in Australian teacher education: voices from the edge

Colour, culture and difference in Australian teacher education: voices from the edge PurposeAlthough much has been written about international students in higher education in Australia, there is a paucity of research and discussion about international academics especially non-whites and their lived experience in the workplace. This paper represents the voices of two academics working in metropolitan universities in Melbourne. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of how in spite of all the goodwill and highbrow research, the “corridors of academia” need to be examined in considering the politics of inclusion and internationalisation as the authors still need to address issues of colour as they exist in the academy.Design/methodology/approachThe authors use narrative inquiry and reflection to tell the story as both phenomenon and method where the phenomenon is the story and inquiry is the narrative.FindingsThe findings suggest student and staff perceptions of difference are mostly theorised but not practiced within the academy.Research limitations/implicationsThe paper includes two voices, a limitation in itself, thus generalisations cannot be made to other academics or institutions. The authors recommend more professional development for staff and students alike to embrace issues of colour, culture and difference.Practical implicationsThe authors draw attention to the need for academics to reflect on their behaviour within their own academic communities and be more aware of minority groups in academia.Social implicationsBy including and listening to issues facing minority groups (academics and students) can only improve the social cohesion of university worksites.Originality/valueThis is an original work carried out by both authors. It raises concerns that may also be experienced international staff and or students. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research Journal Emerald Publishing

Colour, culture and difference in Australian teacher education: voices from the edge

Qualitative Research Journal , Volume 19 (3): 20 – Jul 24, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1443-9883
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10.1108/QRJ-12-2018-0010
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Abstract

PurposeAlthough much has been written about international students in higher education in Australia, there is a paucity of research and discussion about international academics especially non-whites and their lived experience in the workplace. This paper represents the voices of two academics working in metropolitan universities in Melbourne. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of how in spite of all the goodwill and highbrow research, the “corridors of academia” need to be examined in considering the politics of inclusion and internationalisation as the authors still need to address issues of colour as they exist in the academy.Design/methodology/approachThe authors use narrative inquiry and reflection to tell the story as both phenomenon and method where the phenomenon is the story and inquiry is the narrative.FindingsThe findings suggest student and staff perceptions of difference are mostly theorised but not practiced within the academy.Research limitations/implicationsThe paper includes two voices, a limitation in itself, thus generalisations cannot be made to other academics or institutions. The authors recommend more professional development for staff and students alike to embrace issues of colour, culture and difference.Practical implicationsThe authors draw attention to the need for academics to reflect on their behaviour within their own academic communities and be more aware of minority groups in academia.Social implicationsBy including and listening to issues facing minority groups (academics and students) can only improve the social cohesion of university worksites.Originality/valueThis is an original work carried out by both authors. It raises concerns that may also be experienced international staff and or students.

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Qualitative Research JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 24, 2019

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