Imag(in)ings : discourses and discursive practices constructing international education and the international student

2017-12-19T01:34:49Z (GMT) by Norma Marie Koehne
International education is talked about and constructed in many different sites and by different groups of people. The sites looked at in this thesis include globalisaton, Australian national government policy, higher education institutions, and the lived experience of international students. The thesis focuses on what international students say about the complexity of international education discourses and how they contruct international education. In much of the talking and writing about international education international students are invisible and their voices are not heard. The central questions of the thesis are: What are the discourses being used, especially by international students, to construct ideas about "international education" and "international student"? What are the discursive practices that construct multiple and contradictory characteristics of the international student? Which discourses position students in more powerful ways? Where are the fault lines in the discourses and discursive practices about international education and international students? How can these provide intersections that reconstruct international education and allow for communication with the and between multiple voices? The study draws on multiple theoretical frameworks including postmodern, feminist poststructuralist, postcolonial and cultural studies ways of talking. Particular attention is given to the ways in which power relations and the nrmalising of 'truths' within knowledge uderpin the consdtruction of discourses and discursive practices about international education. The thesis discusses the way these discourses impact on the lives of international students, sometimes felt as 'violence' to ways of construction the self, especially the self as a 'good student'. However, it is argued that international students are agentic as the move between multiple discourses and ways of contruction self. As they contruct their individual storylines, they manipulate those discourses. Desire unsettles discursive constructions. [...]