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Transnational and transcultural positionality in globalised higher education

Montgomery, Catherine


Catherine Montgomery


Transnational higher education (TNE), where students study on a ‘foreign’ degree programme whilst remaining in their home country, is a rapidly developing phenomenon. Universities across the UK, for example, are now operating 1,395 TNE programmes and 73 overseas campuses have been established. There are 454,473 students involved in TNE and this excludes Distance Learning students (British Council 2013). The growth in transnational higher education in the last decade and the associated increase in the involvement of university teachers in transnational education represent huge potential for transformative experiences for teachers. Research has shown that experiencing a different community of practice can enable teachers to identify and question their (sometimes unconscious) assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning, with a crucial element in the transnational experience being the dissonance generated (Hepple 2012; Keay et al. this issue). Research into transnational education has doubled since 2006 (Caruana and Montgomery forthcoming) and the topic is attracting increasing attention with initiatives around EU programme collaboration and research begun by the British Council.


Montgomery, C. (2014). Transnational and transcultural positionality in globalised higher education. Journal of education for teaching : JET, 40(3), 198-203.

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 24, 2014
Publication Date May 27, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 11, 2016
Journal Journal of education for teaching
Print ISSN 0260-7476
Electronic ISSN 1360-0540
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Pages 198-203
Keywords Education
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