Teaching between worlds: an autoethnographical exploration of expatriate adjustmennt in Malaysia

Meadows, Daniel (2014) Teaching between worlds: an autoethnographical exploration of expatriate adjustmennt in Malaysia. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

Abstract

In an increasingly globalised world, expatriate teachers and leaders are expected

to be able to navigate cultural divides in order to achieve educational aims. While

there is consensus that expatriate performance is dependent on successful

adaptation to their host nation, there are very few examples of what this looks

like in practice. This paper uses autoethnograpic fiction to explore examples of

interaction adjustment in the socio-cultural context of teaching in Malaysia,

relating these examples to a teacher’s ability to perform through the development

of cross-cultural relationships. The findings contradict some notions that

adjustment is a process of cultural acceptance, suggesting that it also requires

expatriates to make active personal and cultural changes. Furthermore, analysis

suggests that focussing on common core values of education may provide a

method for overcoming vast cultural differences, leading to the possible formation

of cross-cultural working relationships.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2016 03:37
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28087

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