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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

About the editors

Dr Georgina Barton is an Associate Professor of literacies and pedagogy in the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She has experience as a Program Director for preservice teachers and teaches English and literacy education. Before being an academic, Georgina taught in schools for over 20 years including teaching English in South India with Australian Volunteers International. She has been an acting Principal, coordinator of international students, and a lead teacher in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Georgina also has extensive experience in teaching the arts in schools and universities and often utilises the arts to support students’ literacy learning outcomes. She has over 60 publications in the areas of the arts and literacy. Her most recent book with Dr Gary Woolley is Developing Literacy in the Secondary Classroom with Sage publishers. 

Dr Kay Hartwig is the Director of Internationalisation in the School of Education and Professional Studies. She works closely with international students particularly during their placements in Australian schools as well as all stakeholders in the process including work sites and staff; university academic staff and administration staff. Through her role as Director of Internationalisation Kay also works closely with the university International Office. Kay has developed handbooks and supporting materials for international students, their mentor teachers and university staff that focus on the placement experience. She currently co-leads a large innovation and Development grant funded by the Australia Government through the Office of Learning and Teaching that explores international students’ experience during work placement. This grant includes six university sites across Australia. She has researched and written on quality teacher education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Professional Learning in the Work Place for International Students
  • Book Subtitle Exploring Theory and Practice
  • Editors Georgina Barton
    Kay Hartwig
  • Series Title Professional and Practice-based Learning
  • Series Abbreviated Title Profess.,Practice.Learning
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60057-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86767-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60058-1
  • Series ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series E-ISSN 2210-5557
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Professional & Vocational Education
    Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
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