Case Studies

A core subject in the Bachelor of Education, JCU Townsville

Teacher education programs often include an experiential learning component in order for pre-service teachers to learn about diverse students. ED4460 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures focuses pre-service teachers on the pedagogy and practice of service learning underpinned by sustainability goals. Pre-service teachers integrate meaningful  community  service (minimum 50 hours) with learning experiences and reflection to enrich their understanding of their own teaching role. The service learning projects aim to strengthen communities and intercultural understanding with a focus on activities that promote social and environmental responsibility.  Experiences  include options for local, national and international experiences.

JCU Townsville

Social Work and Human Services at JCU has approached internationalisation through a number of initiatives, including embedding global perspectives in existing curriculum, facilitating reciprocal staff and student exchanges, establishing the subject WS2008 International Exchange, and developing intercultural learning materials for outbound mobility students. These  initiatives  aim to expose social work students to diverse global perspectives and to support them in developing a contextual awareness of the genesis, perpetuation and experience of social and environmental issues that extends beyond the local and parochial. Service learning perspectives in social work  are  usually represented through field placement requirements where students complete 1,000 hours of supervised practice in agencies dealing directly with issues of social justice and human rights. Placement experiences, either locally or internationally, offer opportunities for the integration of global  perspectives  into students’ learning experiences.

A business plan course for MBA students at JCU Singapore

The business plan course LB5218 Business Plan: Application of Strategy is one of two alternative capstone subjects for MBA students which brings together theoretical frameworks covered in the course and applies it to practice based  learning.  In this course, students (in diverse teams coming from different parts of Asia & Europe) design a business plan for one or more social, community groups or organisations. This form of learning emphasises critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community,  civic  engagement, and personal responsibility. More importantly, such forms of service learning projects with diverse groups of students from Asia and the European countries immersing in a Singaporean context help to foster global perspectives where cultural dynamics and identity development allows for  self-reflection  of one’s role as a global citizen.

Western Sydney University

The ROSETE Program (Research Oriented School Engaged Teacher-researcher Education) represents a strategic, coordinated partnership in teacher-researcher education  that  targets a key area of importance for Australia / China relations. The ROSETE Program enables the Ningbo Volunteers as teacher-researcher candidates, the partnership organizations and Australian school students to develop skills, knowledge and experience that extend their research skills, disciplinary  knowledge  and academic experiences. There are a number of ways in which the capabilities of the Ningbo Volunteers are enhanced to prepare them for careers in a range of employment sectors. These include internships through Volunteering in schools; interdisciplinary research training courses, and joint  University/Department  professional learning activities.

This three-week short-term experience program is offered to Australian students majoring in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) or related fields. TEEP aims to build bridges among varied cultures with a focus on activities that promote globalisation and internationalisation. Students  integrate  Mandarin courses, cultural courses, cultural visits and an English teaching practicum (104 hours in total) in Taiwan. The case study will explore student experiences of extending and deepening their worldwide and intercultural understanding and perspectives. This includes considering how students  construct  and reconstruct their global and intercultural understanding.

This case study will explore the experiences of students attending a block placement in Nanjing Hospital as part of their final clinical practicum. The research will look at how the students spend their time in China and the benefits they gain from experiencing different cultures and the development  of  inter-cultural skills and global citizenship.