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‘I have no English friends’: some observations on the practice of action learning with international business students

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This account reports on some experiences of facilitating action learning with international business students. Interest in international student learning and the international student experience is significant and increasing with a considerable range of literature on the subject. Some of this literature is concerned with the perceived ‘problems’ or ‘deficits’ which international learners are said to bring to the UK university experience. Elsewhere the benefits which international students bring to the learning process are more positively highlighted. This paper describes some of the experiences derived from implementing action learning with a number of sets of inter- national postgraduate business and management students in an HE business school setting. Specifically, it considers how educational, learning and cultural differences, expectations and assumptions influence the student experience, and how collaborative learning can be developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
JournalAction Learning: Research and Practice
Issue number2
Early online date20 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • BROOK_2014_cright_AL_I have no English friends

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