The ‘New’ Professional Emigrant: Complexities and cultural challenges of Cross Border transitions as a university lecturer from Cameroon to Scotland and England.

Kum, Henry Asei (2017) The ‘New’ Professional Emigrant: Complexities and cultural challenges of Cross Border transitions as a university lecturer from Cameroon to Scotland and England. In: Academics' International Teaching Journeys. Bloomsbury, London. (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Cross-border contexts reflect complex manoeuvre of identities that underpin the desire to replicate pedagogies of/for learning. Reflecting on the complexities of being a lecturer in Cameroon and Britain, the chapter explores the researcher’s shifts of professional foregrounding as a higher education (HE) academic on what constitutes teaching in HE in their home country of Cameroon to other cultures. The researcher questions how their identity shifts become an ongoing story as they navigate the contrasting political contexts and pedagogies. Such a shift often includes professional tensions in renegotiating physical, cultural, social and imaginary boundaries. Emphasis is placed on - re-professionalization in HE; e-Learning; balancing research with teaching; student as consumer; recruitment and retention; league tables; student satisfaction surveys; students’ attendance; assessments and “othering”. These are discussed using the lenses of liminality, identity and threat theories. The chapter concludes with insights and recommendations on minimising the impact ambiguities and difficulties resulting from these professional transitions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: identities, threat theory, liminality, transitions, migration.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Henry Kum
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 09:02
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 09:02
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2049

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