Thursday, 3 May 2012

Boundaries, Processes and Participation: Integrating peer support through a buddy scheme

Roanna Alexandra Pain


Buddying and mentoring schemes are playing an increasingly vital role in student support and integration, especially in the context of a global shift in internationalisation rationale. In this project, one cycle of improvements to a buddy scheme for exchange students was completed in accordance with three principles: ongoing orientation, the internationalisation of “home” students and staff/student liaison. Theory and student feedback were applied to professional practice, with a focus on student participation. Suggested future evaluation includes quantitative measures such as levels of participation, as well as qualitative data from surveys and focus groups. Reflective practice and the practical implementation of the three principles have contributed to the process of personal and institutional internationalisation.

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