International student identity and the digital environment

Chang, S and Gomes, C 2017, 'International student identity and the digital environment' in B. Kappler Mikk and I. E. Steglitz (ed.) Learning Across Cultures: Locally and Globally, NAFSA and Stylus Publishing, United States, pp. 39-62.


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Title International student identity and the digital environment
Author(s) Chang, S
Gomes, C
Year 2017
Title of book Learning Across Cultures: Locally and Globally
Publisher NAFSA and Stylus Publishing
Place of publication United States
Editor(s) B. Kappler Mikk and I. E. Steglitz
Start page 39
End page 62
Subjects Communication Studies
Migrant Cultural Studies
Summary International students are part of a larger group of transnational transient migrants who cross national borders for study, work, and humanitarian and lifestyle reasons. Transient migrants carry with them a variety of identities that are not always homogenous because these identities are based on multiple factors such as ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic conditions, personality, personal interests, and more. This chapter proposes that in the digital age, where students spend much of their time online, identity is also moderated by their experiences in the online environment. The authors will outline the impact of transient migration and globalization on identity, and then explore the moderating effects of the digital environment on identity formation. The chapter will conclude with some reflections on the implications of this phenomenon for international education providers.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2017 NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Keyword(s) international students
identity formation
digital environment
ISBN 9781942719144
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