International scholars of the 21st century

comparative visions from teaching floors in Finland and Australia

Meeri Hellstén*, Sari Poikela

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Scholars around the world are currently engaging in new debate about what constitutes culturally appropriate, sustainable and effective pedagogy in contexts involving international education (Hellstén & Reid, 2008). There is today universal agreement among the community of scholars that most higher education learning sites in contemporary society are at least culturally and ethnically international. The issue of global academic accountability and best practice is therefore positioned at the core of recent pedagogical articulations. However, at the ground level, where teaching and learning reveals its intricacies of a 'human kind', academics and students alike are struggling with relating to the new jargon defining the 21st Century Scholar. This 'scholar' is well equipped for the new global era, is amicably versed in the communicative repertoires of globally aware citizens and has an impressively mapped cross-cultural academic pathway and graduate capabilities supported by their institution. In this article we report on discussions with current international students about their academic and professional visions of and for the future, and their sense of place among the community of scholars of the 21st Century. The study was conducted in Australia and Finland, two countries that have received recent comparable attention on student literacy levels internationally (PISA), and consequently on the quality of teaching, including teacher educators. The empirical data consists of students' written and spoken commentary which were analysed using discourse analysis. About 30 students provided data for the research. We offer some implications for developing pedagogy, policy and practice for higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-376
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Copyright Common Ground and The Author/s. Article originally published in International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp. 367-376. This version archived on behalf of the author/s and is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission must be sought from the publisher to republish or reproduce or for any other purpose.


  • 21st Century Scholarship
  • Comparative Research
  • Higher Education
  • International Pedagogies
  • Student Narratives

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