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The experiences of tutors teaching and assessing in UK/Chinese transnational higher education partnership programmes

Besevic, Zorka; (2021) The experiences of tutors teaching and assessing in UK/Chinese transnational higher education partnership programmes. Doctoral thesis (Ed.D), UCL (University College London).

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The broad aim of the study was to investigate the experiences of TNE (transnational education) tutors teaching in partnership programmes between the UK and China. Tutors are most closely involved on a daily basis in the delivery of partnership programmes and their work which is largely invisible. The thesis builds upon the work of Bordogna on transnational partnership programmes and the work of Holliday on intercultural communication to gain a better understanding of tutors’ experiences of teaching and assessing. In order to realise this aim, past and present TNE tutors located in the UK and China from three higher education partnership programmes were interviewed. Responses were analysed using Holliday’s conceptual model of intercultural communication, a Grammar of Culture. The findings of the study were analysed thematically to identify the main themes that characterise tutors’ experiences: building and maintaining working relationships and differences in pedagogic practices. The thesis concludes firstly, that tutors’ experiences of working with staff in the other location are complex and varied dependent on many factors. In partnership programmes, tutors need to pay greater attention to relationship building with staff in the other location. Building and maintaining productive working relationships is challenging for tutors. Secondly, that improved knowledge, understanding and application of assessment practices is an area that requires urgent attention by tutors in both locations of the partnership programmes. This study makes an important contribution to transnational education by adding to the limited body of existing research on the work of those members of staff most closely involved in the delivery of transnational educational programmes: tutors. The study presents the experiences of tutors teaching and assessing transnationally in both locations of partnership programmes, providing rich and detailed insights into the realities of the tutors’ work with staff in the location.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ed.D
Title: The experiences of tutors teaching and assessing in UK/Chinese transnational higher education partnership programmes
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133348
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