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Homegrown Internationalization: Local Language Diversity as a Resource for Global Educational Initiatives

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Title: Homegrown Internationalization: Local Language Diversity as a Resource for Global Educational Initiatives
Authors: Crutchfield, Anne
Issue Date: Dec 2016
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2016]
Abstract: This case study explored internationalization, diversity, and language through the eyes of students, instructors, and administrators at a multicultural community college in Hawai‘i. The purpose was to uncover participants’ beliefs and attitudes about ongoing campus-wide internationalization efforts as well as to investigate their broader educational experiences at a very linguistically diverse institution. Data was collected through interviews, focus groups, observations, and documents and analyzed using critical and qualitative methods. Findings revealed a complex landscape of perspectives related to four themes: (a) discourses of language diversity as a point of pride; (b) challenges and caveats to leveraging language as a resource; (c) strategies for balancing English and other languages in academic spaces; and (d) possibilities for bridging multilingualism and internationalization goals. This study challenges mainstream approaches to internationalization that tend to focus on importing and exporting students to and from other countries via study abroad or overseas recruiting. As an alternative, this dissertation reframes internationalization as transnational, homegrown, and grounded in students’ cultural and linguistic funds of knowledge. Findings contribute insights into multilingual approaches to internationalization by shedding light on how linguistically diverse colleges can approach the languages that students and instructors bring with them to campus—including languages that tend to be less visible and powerful—as valuable resources for achieving global-educational aims.
Description: Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51593
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