Learning beyond the boundaries: Making the most of diversity in a British university
The IOE is an intensely multi-cultural and multi-national community. This provides opportunities for students to benefit from contacts with people from other cultures who speak different languages. This is often seen to be something that is very positive, especially in an educational setting. I have personal experiences of being a student working within this setting and would like to share with you examples of how the multicultural character of the IOE can produce something of value: academic discussions and cooperation among Chinese students; my experiences of living with British families through university cultural exchange; my interactions with fellow doctoral students. I will also share with you a book that is a product of this multicultural setting at the IOE and hopefully stimulate a discussion of the opportunities that can arise from it.