Linguistic diversity in research with and by international students: Considerations for research design and practice

Richard Fay, Jane Andrews, Zhuo Min Huang, Ross G. White

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Abstract

Research with and by international students involves opportunities for, and challenges arising from, the linguistic diversity of staff and students, the institutional context, and the fieldwork sites. National, institutional, and disciplinary policies available may also shape the research. The linguistic aspects of the research landscape thus provide the backdrop for research with and by international students, one in which dominant languages may provide a lingua franca for dissemination and shared knowledge-work but also silence other languages and the wisdom conveyed through them. Given this critical role played by language, it is surprising that linguistic diversity is often under-explored in policy and researcher education. We argue that this linguistic diversity of knowledge-work is a guarantor of the value of our collective wisdom in addressing the challenges that lie ahead in a rapidly changing world. In this chapter, we explore the limitations of research policy specification regarding linguistic aspects; then present a prototypical researcher trajectory with regard to linguistic awareness, design considerations, and purposeful action; and conclude with a call for researcher activism with regard to linguistic diversity and the need to embrace it in research with and by international students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch with International Students
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Conceptual and Methodological Considerations
EditorsJenna Mittelmeier, Sylvie Lomer, Kalyani Unkule
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter25
Pages255-265
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003290803
ISBN (Print)9781032269832, 9781032269825
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameInternationalization in Higher Education
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • researching multilingually
  • languaging research
  • epistemic (in)justice
  • transknowledging
  • translanguaging
  • intercultural ethic

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  • Researching with International Students

    Richard Fay (Participant), Jane Andrews (Participant), Zhuomin Huang (Participant) & Ross G. White (Participant)

    11 Dec 202312 Dec 2023

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  • BAAL Conference 2011

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    1 Sept 20113 Sept 2011

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