Teaching Internationally for Internationalization

Luke Carson (Hiroshima City University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 118
EISBN13: 9781522562184|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3462-4.ch006
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Abstract

This is a case study of a Western (Irish born and educated) university academic working internationally in a Japanese context where internationalization is prioritized. The case study is framed by intercultural and cross-cultural research and theories illustrating and discussing cultural competencies. While Japanese universities have encouraged internationalization for several decades in various forms, in recent years this focus has become more central to their missions. Vignettes from the author's international working experience are provided to highlight culturally specific understandings of best practice in education and avenues and procedures for progress with recommendations for how international educators can understand and navigate similar experiences. While highlighting the importance of respect for cultural differences, this chapter also argues against cultural relativism.
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