Publication Date

Winter 2014

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Lynée Connelly

Abstract

International students represent about 5.4% of the total student body at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. However, roughly a third of academic dishonesty cases which have been reported since the 2010-2011 academic year have been international students. The needs assessment and literature review presented in this paper point to the importance of involving academic departments in strengthening support for international students not only in avoiding plagiarism, but also in being academically successfully. Furthermore, it is argued that international students’ cultural diversity holds incredible potential for enhancing the educational experience of all students.

Based on that rationale, this proposal outlines the design of International Students in the Classroom, a year-long faculty learning community that seeks to support academic staff at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in adjusting to the teaching and learning implications of a growing international student population. Participants will particularly focus on developing pedagogical practices which create more culturally inclusive learning environments. By so doing, faculty will be in a position to help international students learn more effectively, and encourage their classmates to learn more effectively from them.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education | International and Comparative Education