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From homogeneity to heterogeneity: the multicultural future of higher education

Constance Bygrave (Assistant Professor based at Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, Canada)
Ozen Asik-Dizdar (Assistant Professor based at Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, Canada)
Guneet Kaur Saini (Graduate Student based at Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, Canada)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 27 August 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide insights for educators when adapting their pedagogy to suit the increasingly diverse international student body.

Design/methodology/approach

Archival analysis was conducted at three levels: students’ teaching style preference; epistemology of the students’ home culture; and national sociocultural dimensions.

Findings

The study elucidates the importance of recognizing heterogeneity rather than homogeneity of the increasingly international student body. It extends understanding of sociocultural underpinnings of different student learning styles and encourages educators to increase their cultural empathy to adapt their pedagogy.

Originality/value

This paper helps forge the way to a truly global learning environment. Understanding, adapting to and celebrating the differences among international students helps to create more inclusive learning about our global community.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Dr James Gifford for his eloquent redaction of earlier versions of this paper.

Citation

Bygrave, C., Asik-Dizdar, O. and Kaur Saini, G. (2014), "From homogeneity to heterogeneity: the multicultural future of higher education", On the Horizon, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 199-209. https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-05-2014-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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