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Case Studies

Overview of the output

This Intellectual Output consists of two types of case studies examining the ways in which intercultural reflection on teaching has been, and can be, employed, as well as detailed findings about the learning, behaviours and results arising from it (i.e. what happens when you do it?). This resource will hopefully enable academic developers and managers in other departments, institutions and countries to implement the methods in ways that take account of context-specific differences whilst maximising the quality of the methods and their impact.  

1. Case studies of implementation

This type of case study investigates the ways in which the reflective methods have been received, used and adapted to 3 specific contexts concerned, in order to help understand contextual and cultural variation and identify barriers to and opportunities for successful implementation. The focus will be on contrasting contexts, e.g. integration into an established academic development programme versus a department with no previous track record of academic development. Each case study offers insight into the perspectives of a range of stakeholders and involves fieldwork, document analysis and interviews. 

2. Case studies of reflective methods

This type of case study focuses on what is going on during the sessions and meetings which employ the 3 intercultural reflective methods. It captures and analyses the aspects and problems that participants reflect upon, the nature and quality of reflection, language use, intercultural communication and learning during the sessions. Case studies are based on documentation and recordings of reflective sessions and data collected afterwards.