The student experiences of teaching and learning in transnational higher education: A phenomenographic study from a British-Qatari partnership

Khalifa Alyafei, Rami Ayoubi, Megan Crawford

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Abstract

Transnational higher education (TNHE) of UK universities has been noticeably expanding during the last two decades in the Arab Gulf region, but few studies investigated qualitatively the different ways in which students in that region experience both teaching and learning. The aim of this study is to understand the ways that students conceptualise their learning and educational experiences at a British TNHE in Qatar. Employing a phenomenographic approach, we interviewed forty students in a TNHE UK programme within a Qatari higher education institution (HEI). The outcomes of our interviews generated three hierarchically related categories as follows: developing academic skills, acquiring self-learning skills, and acquiring employability skills. Our findings also suggest themes of interdependence in learning and transferability of skills developed by students. This study offers HEIs a better understanding and insight into the design of TNHE programmes that would respond to the students’ learning experiences and educational development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-426
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume27
Issue number3
Early online date5 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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© 2022 European Association for International Education.

Keywords

  • phenomenography
  • qatar
  • student experience
  • transnational higher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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