Academic development to support the internationalization of the curriculum (IoC): A qualitative research synthesis

Katherine Wimpenny, Jos Beelen, Virginia King

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    While the literature acknowledges the central role of academics in internationalization of the curriculum (IoC), little has been published regarding training of academic developers themselves to support IoC initiatives. However, higher education institutions around the globe are responding to strategic demands for IoC that prepare students as global citizens. We employed qualitative research synthesis to identify journal articles that consider academic development to support IoC. Despite their diversity, we found common themes in the five selected studies. We weave these themes with Betty Leask’s five-stage model of the IoC process, and Cynthia Joseph’s call for a pedagogy of social justice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)218-231
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Issue number3
    Early online date15 Nov 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal for Academic Development, on 15/11/2019, available online: 10.1080/1360144X.2019.1691559

    Dr Katherine Wimpenny is Professor of Research in Global Education at Coventry University in the Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment. Her national and international collaborations research internationalisation of the curriculum, the inclusive curriculum, open educational practices and interculturality in teaching and learning.

    Dr. Jos Beelen is Professor of Global Learning at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he leads a research group exploring the internationalization of home curricula in higher education. For fifteen years, he has shared this expertise in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and South America; collaborating, leading, and publishing.

    Dr Virginia King is a Research Associate in the Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment at Coventry University. Her current research relates the staff experience in higher education to academic development needs. She explores this, often collaboratively, through qualitative research approaches such as metaphor, visualization, and corpus analytics.


    • Educational development
    • faculty development
    • internationalization of the curriculum
    • pedagogy of social justice
    • qualitative research synthesis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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