International Graduate Students: Agency, Intentionality, and Socialization Reciprocity

  • José Manual Martínez Michigan State University, United States
  • India C. Plough Michigan State University, United States
Keywords: cultures and languages across the curriculum, knowledgebuilding communities

Abstract

Using grounded theory methodology, this study explored the development and implementation of Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum initiative in a residential college at Michigan State University. With a focus on international graduate students, our investigation led us to knowledge building communities and to patterns of behavior that we have conceptualized as socialization reciprocity. We note two key characteristics of the knowledge-building communities created within the Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum program are agency and intentionality, and these can only be realized by starting from the premise that the contributions of all participants are essential to the community. We argue this is in contrast to the not uncommon assumption that the cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical knowledge of international graduate students is somehow deficient.

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Author Biographies

José Manual Martínez, Michigan State University, United States

JOSÉ MANUEL MARTÍNEZ is a PhD candidate in Curriculum Instruction and Teacher Education. His research interests include teacher preparation and mathematics teaching and learning in bilingual contexts. 

India C. Plough, Michigan State University, United States

INDIA C. PLOUGH, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and the Director of the Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum program. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and second language acquisition and teaching. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Martínez, J. M., & Plough, I. C. (2018). International Graduate Students: Agency, Intentionality, and Socialization Reciprocity. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1815–1830. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.232
Section
Research Articles