Peers, Family, community, supervisors and governance: A review of key sites for supporting International postgraduate students transitional learning experiences
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
Researchers have rarely turned their attention to international postgraduate (IP) students (Bullen & Kenway, 2003). The particular focus on the paper is a reflective review on an essential element in all 'extra-classroom' learning experiences, and one which is as argued below as critical in the IP student context - the development of good support networks. Developing good support networks in the IP student case is of special interest in that many of the rhetorically posited social learning experiences associated with IP student intakes rely on good extra-classroom exchanges with peers, the community and teaching staff. In cases where there are breakdowns in these relationships, the learning experiences of the student, along with the notions of broadened learning experiences through intercultural social exchange are diminished.