Study Abroad and Internationalization in China

Leslie and I with students at Shaanxi Normal University. We interviewed them in the second half of sitting in on their Sociology of Higher Education class.

When I approached this final project, I knew I wanted to do something related to study abroad in China. I began wondering why Chinese students want to study abroad, what their goals are, and what the focus on study abroad is from a Chinese administrator point of view. I knew that in the United States, […]

Observations on Teaching and Learning in China

Leslie and I with students at Shaanxi Normal University. We interviewed them in the second half of sitting in on their Sociology of Higher Education class.

In interviewing students about teaching and learning, I was curious to see how practices and pedagogy used compared in the United States and China. Before arriving in China, I expected students there to tell me that teaching and learning was done completely through lecture, and that students were expected to be passive members of class […]

Student Art

Student artwork for sale at the gallery in Xi'an.

I chose a piece of student artwork from an art gallery in Xi’an as my cultural artifact. Throughout our time in China, our tour guides and the students we met emphasized how important it is for Chinese students to complete their education so they will be able to support themselves and their parents. The owner […]

Shanghai

The view of Shanghai from the top of the World Financial Center. Notice the pollution!

We were told before going to Shanghai that the city represented China’s future. And boy, was it the future! At first, we weren’t sure what our tour guide, Robert, meant when he kept telling us that Shanghai was “China’s future” but we quickly figured it out upon arriving in the city. I have never seen […]

Meredith Allred

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 I am a first year student in the Master’s program for Higher Education Administration, and work as a graduate assistant in the Mason school of business undergraduate program, where I focus on global initiatives and getting business students abroad. I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and stayed put to do my undergraduate work […]