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Out now! Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration 1.2

Intellect is delighted to announce that the much anticipated new issue of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (1.2) is now available. 

 

For more information about this issue please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com.

 

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

International students and social exclusion in the age of social media

Authors: Xinyu Zhao

Page Start: 163

 

This article considers the changing nature of international students’ lived experiences of disadvantage in Australia in the context of their daily practices of social media. Specifically, it first engages with the extant empirical research on social media practices in the migration context which points to the contingent impacts of digital technologies on migrants’ everyday lives. This body of literature suggests the possibility to probe into the lived experiences of migrants and their everyday strategies through a close examination of their activities around social media. Further, this article attends to studies in the Australian international student literature which highlights the interplays of digital technologies and international student agency.

 

Exploring the elusive shape of service outcomes: Reflections on evaluating academic language and learning support services

Authors: Xiaodan Gao and Kirsten Reid

Page Start: 219

 

Student Learning Te Taiako at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) provides academic learning support for tertiary students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As part of good practice and for the purpose of continual improvement of service quality, service and programme evaluations are regularly conducted. These evaluations include the end of year Student Learning Survey and bi-annual peer observations and tend to focus on student satisfaction and/or perceptions of the services and programmes offered. More recently, in response to the New Zealand government’s call for tertiary education institutions (TEIs) to report on their services and the outcomes of these services, Student Learning has been looking at ways in which evaluations can be carried out over and above student numbers and satisfaction. The purpose of this article is to reflect on and redefine evaluations at Student Learning Te Taiako. The article argues that, instead of chasing evidence to show direct contribution to student outcomes, a more structured approach to evaluation should be taken and a comprehensive set of evidence/data provided to demonstrate the contribution of academic learning advising to the overall student learning experience.

 

A flowing culture: Images of early Gujarati Indian-Islamic migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand

Authors: Rafik Patel

Page Start: 251 

 

Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) sets up an imaginative tale of a father and son’s journey in search of happiness. In this fictional reality the ocean is filled with a sea of stories that manifest the hope of a new beginning. This story also takes the reader on a whimsical journey that is non-linear. It sways back and forth like the currents of the ocean, and its allegory transcends the ocean as a vessel that contains important narratives and knowledge, and as a spatial medium to cross borders and boundaries. Considering this allegory, this article presents an auto-ethnography in relation to migration of the first Gujarati Indian families to arrive in Aotearoa New Zealand, in the early 1900s. It discusses how these families integrated and began to construct and grow a new community within. Thus, this article attempts to uncover stories and a history of migration of the author’s own family that flowed from South Asia to the Pacific, transferring a rich culture of Indian-Muslim faith, practice and architecture.

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