Transcultural pedagogical training for field educators of international students

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This paper reports on a training programme developed to meet the needs of field educators of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students on placement. In recent years the number of CALD students and courses that include a placement or work-integrated learning (WIL) component have grown rapidly. Using a transcultural pedagogical framework, the programme proposes an innovative way to approach the training of industry-based educators of international students.
Responding to calls for the development of a community of practice for field educators of international students, transcultural education workshops were offered to allied health field educators and students. The aims of these workshops were to both increase overall understanding of transcultural communication and develop a facilitated platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences. This paper reports on facilitators’ and participant’s learnings from these workshops, the overwhelmingly positive anonymous feedback received by participants and future programme projections.
This programme paves the way for the development of transcultural teaching practices in WIL and on placement. This will assist the critical transition from a deficit-based education approach to one of inclusion and mutual learning. The project supports the learning of both students and supervisors and promotes educational exchange between industry and universities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Learner Conference 2018 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 21 Jun 201823 Jun 2018


ConferenceThe Learner Conference 2018


  • Transcultural teaching
  • Community of practice
  • Field education
  • Placement
  • Field supervision
  • WIL
  • International students

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