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Practice, problems and power in ‘internationalisation at home’: critical reflections on recent research evidence

Harrison, Neil


Neil Harrison


© 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis. In a period when international flows of higher education students are rapidly increasing and diversifying, this paper reviews recent research evidence about the experiences of ‘home’ students – those who are not mobile and study in their home nation. This is situated within the concept of ‘internationalisation at home’, which asserts that these students should also receive an international educational experience: through interaction with international students, curriculum development and new pedagogic approaches. However, the evidence to date suggests that this is considerably more problematic than might be imagined. For example, home students across the world are often found to resist intercultural group work and generally to avoid contact with their international peers, leading to concerns about unequal access to transformative experiences and powerful knowledge. The conflict between ‘global worker’ and ‘global citizen’ approaches to internationalisation is discussed, as well as the increasingly hegemonic role of English.


Harrison, N. (2015). Practice, problems and power in ‘internationalisation at home’: critical reflections on recent research evidence. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(4), 412-430.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Teaching in Higher Education
Print ISSN 1356-2517
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 412-430
Keywords globalisation, group work, curriculum development, homophily, staff development
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION on 16 Apr 2015, available online:


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