Evaluating the Notion of Student Diversity: The Case of International Postgraduate Students at London Metropolitan University

Dr. Lez Rayman-Bacchus
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This essay examines the notion of student diversity in the context of one Higher Education institution. It suggests that diversity is a double-edged sword, offering valuable insight while at the same time contributing to the building of unhelpful categories and potential discrimination. A broader interpretation of diversity is suggested as being more useful, based on the interplay between individual motivation, prior knowledge and experience, how students learn, and cultural and social antecedents. These factors in combination are meaningful in the context of seeking to help international students in UK Higher Education develop intellectually. The arguments presented are born of naturalistic and action research, and reflection on teaching postgraduate (MBA) students over the last three years.

Keywords: Diversity, International Students, Higher Education, Postgraduate, Cultural Diversity, Wider Participation, Equal Access, Globalisation of Education
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Evaluating the Notion of Student Diversity

Dr. Lez Rayman-Bacchus

Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Business School, London Metropolitan University

Dr Rayman-Bacchus has worked many years in industry, helping companies develop business strategies. He has at the same time been privileged to tutor business and management students, both mature and those just beginning their careers. Dr Rayman-Bacchus's research interests include strategy and understanding how students learn.

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