International Educator - September/October 2016 - 14

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BOOK NOTES

Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines:
Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education, and Health
By Wendy Green and Craig Whitsed
Sense Publishers, 2015
Reviewed by Madeleine F. Green

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s the editors of this
volume point out
in the introduction
and concluding chapter,
internationalizing the curriculum
is a complex and difficult
undertaking. Internationalizing
the curriculum, like the broader
concept of internationalization,
is understood in many different
ways. Faculty members are often
unsure of what internationalizing
the curriculum entails. And
indeed, it requires reflection on
the nature of one's discipline and
acculturation to the norms of that
discipline; a willingness to venture
into interdisciplinary waters; and
"may require personal as well as
disciplinary transformation" (p. 10).
Preparing students to live and work
in an interconnected world and
be responsible local and global
citizens demands that faculty take
a hard look at what they teach and
how they teach, as well as how their
own world views and unarticulated
assumptions shape both the
content of the curriculum and their
pedagogy. These are significant
demands on faculty members.
The book is framed by the
editors' excellent introductory
chapter, an introduction to
each of the three sections, and
a concluding chapter, all quite
helpful in providing the reader
with both foundational concepts
and cross-chapter themes and

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analyses and in pulling together
the diverse approaches to
internationalizing the curriculum
elaborated in the 21 chapters
(referred to as "narratives"
by the editors). Although the
narratives vary in focus, the
amount of definitional and
theoretical grounding, and stage of
development of internationalizing
the curriculum, they use a similar
structure describing the authors'
approach to internationalizing the
curriculum, motivations, obstacles,
achievements, and reflections.
The narratives are organized
into three disciplinary sections:
business, education, and health.
Few readers of edited volumes read
the work from cover to cover-
which chapters readers find of most
value will depend on their particular
interests. A first level of interest
may be to follow the disciplinary
focus-possibly prompting some to
read only one section-but a reader
taking such an approach would miss
a lot. The diligent reader will find
useful learning across the sections
that can be transferred to nearly
any setting. For example, although
the narrative on "Languages Across
the Curriculum" is situated in the
field of global health, the approach
can be applied to any discipline
or program. The two chapters on
transnational delivery, although both
in the education section, are rich
with reflections on the dominance

of a Western paradigm in education
and what faculty can learn from
teaching students with different
cultural backgrounds. Most chapters
include an introductory section
that provides an overview of the
contents, which helps readers select
potentially interesting narratives.
An abstract at the head of each
narrative would have been useful.
The authors tend to focus more
on pedagogy and process than
on the contents of the curriculum.
Many of the narratives focus on
creating an inclusive classroom as
a key element of internationalizing
the curriculum. While this may
disappoint readers looking for
guidance about their syllabi, it does
broaden the appeal of the volume.
As one author put it, "Incorporating
international content into
business teaching is reasonably
straightforward. Business texts,
particularly in management,
offer theory, cases and problems
associated with cross-cultural
context, but international
understanding cannot be gained
solely from book learning" (p.
34). Thus, what happens in the
classroom (both with respect to the
intentionality of the teacher and the
lived experience of the students)
is key to internationalization of the
curriculum and a central point of
the book.
Most of the narratives deal with
a particular aspect of or approach
to internationalizing the curriculum,
such as the inclusive classroom,
joint master's degrees, languages
across the curriculum, or the
development of new programs



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2016

Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
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