The ‘graduate global citizen’? An examination of undergraduate Education students’ reasons for non-participation in international placements.

Abstract

This paper considers the issue of international placements in Higher Education. It begins with a review of literature examining the benefits of such experience and the perceived barriers to participation. Taking a case study approach based on questionnaires and individual interviews, the research scrutinises the views of over a 100 second-year undergraduate Education students at a post-1992 UK university, where take-up of such overseas opportunities has been persistently low. The study investigates the students’ declared reasons for non-participation, their awareness of potential benefits and suggestions for improving placement uptake. It concludes with a summary of recommendations for practice and future research in this area.

Bartram, B. (2013) The ‘graduate global citizen’? An examination of undergraduate Education students’ reasons for non-participation in international placements.. Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 2(5). Available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=633 [Accessed 18 Nov, 2017].