The subtle stereotyping of other in transnational physiotherapy education

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Abstract

I interviewed 6 Indian graduate physiotherapy students at the end of their studies on the UK delivered MSc course on which I taught, as part of a doctoral study. The aim was to generate an understanding of participant’s professional identification development as a means of gaining a perspective on the meanings they drew from the course. I was interested in this as a consequence of having worked for a period of time in a less well resourced country and I was aware of the difficulties of applying practice in different country contexts. Via grounded theory, and in addition to individual and social identifications, it also became apparent during analysis that Indian professional working was subtly downplayed or ignored in the content and style of the programme’s pedagogic approach. The presentation will explore the stereotyping that was possible in that educational context, particularly around the assumptions educators made of international practices and the cultural superiority claimed for UK constructs. I will theorise about the impact of this on the students and how an improved curriculum might be constructed. The key interests to the listener will be the exposure of nuances in teaching positions in the context of wide power differentials between tutors and students present in transcultural classrooms as well as the ease with which oppression is exerted and even apparently welcomed by students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCentre for Racial Equality in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh 2nd International Conference 2015
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Pages23-24
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2015
EventCentre for Racial Equality in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh 2nd International Conference 2015 - John MacIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh, 24-26 June 2015
Duration: 26 Jun 2015 → …

Conference

ConferenceCentre for Racial Equality in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh 2nd International Conference 2015
Period26/06/15 → …

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