The Civic Aspect of Student Self-Formation in International Higher Education: Apprenticeship in New Worldviews

Yusuf Ikbal OLDAC*

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International higher education (IHE) is more than obtaining credentials and studying within the four walls of university buildings in the host country. An important aspect of IHE, which is understudied, is that international students form more nuanced civic beliefs and attitudes as they agentially navigate between their host and home societal cultures during IHE. This chapter calls this phenomenon apprenticeship in new worldviews and positions it as part of student self-formation. The chapter proposes three temporal stages for this phenomenon: encountering the new, interacting with the new, and agential elaboration. Apprenticeship in new worldviews is a cyclical process that involves feedback loops between the mentioned temporal stages. The framework proposed in this study builds on Archer’s theoretical work and is further developed by empirical evidence building on international-comparative fieldwork in five countries that involved in-depth interviews with 50 international students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudent Agency and Self-Formation in Higher Education
EditorsYusuf Ikbal OLDAC, Lili YANG, Soyoung LEE
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783031448850
ISBN (Print)9783031448843
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Global Higher Education
VolumePart F1814
ISSN (Print)2662-4214
ISSN (Electronic)2662-4222

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  • Agency
  • Civic beliefs
  • International higher education
  • International students
  • Self-formation


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