What does reflection look and feel like for international students? An exploration of reflective thinking, reflexivity and employability

Georgina Barton, Mary Ryan

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    Abstract

    Reflection, reflective thinking and reflexivity have received significant attention in the scholarly literature on higher education yet there is limited research that explores these concepts in relation to international students. This paper consequently explores what reflection and reflective thinking might look and feel like for internationastudents. We theorize the importance of supporting international students in becoming reflexive practitioners in their chosen area of study; particularly in respecto graduate attributes including reflection and employability. The paper attends to this theorization by sharing Rodgers’ (2002) four functions of reflection, a reflective thinking model – the 4Rs – as well as Archer’s (2000, 2012) notion of reflexivity. We explore how higher educators might consider these frameworks comprehensively when working with international students particularly in the area of workplace experience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of International Students
    Volume10
    Issue numberS2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2020

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    Keywords

    • reflection
    • reflective thinking
    • reflexivity
    • international students
    • employability

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