Supervising International Students’ Undergraduate Research Projects: Implications from the Literature
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Increases in numbers in higher education coupled with a more diverse
population including international students, has meant that tutors need to be responsive to
a wider range of needs. The dissertation is arguably the most substantial piece of work a
student produces during his/her degree; however, the supervision of undergraduates
during this period and the relationship with the supervisor are in need of research as most
effort has been focused on the postgraduate level. International students face the same
challenges as their home domiciled peers but may face other difficulties associated with
language and enculturation. However, there are many potential benefits for both staff and
students which can be derived from the rich diversity which international students bring
to university life. This chapter reviews some of the key literature in the area of
supervision and, in particular, some of the issues surrounding supporting international
undergraduate students. Based on the review, the author offers a number of
recommendations for supervisors in higher education.
International students, undergraduate dissertation, higher education,
supervision, intercultural, mentor, support, teaching and learning, student
research, cultural awareness, staff-student relationships.
Academic development Unit, Normal Site, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2PZ, Wales, UK.