New Horizons in International Education

We invite you to explore the essays and book synopses in this issue of the Global Studies Literature Review, focusing on the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference theme, New Horizons in International Education. We chose to focus on the conference theme for this issue, our sixth since launching the GSLR in 2010, to appeal to the widest possible audience among our readership and contributors. Setting our sights on the "new horizons" of the vast terrain that is international education expands our shared knowledge of how our work is changing and adapting to global influences. In many ways, our own field becomes the subject of our Global Studies focus.

Rapid change in learning environments, budgetary realities, student and scholar mobility trends, and national interests are just a few of the factors increasingly affecting international educators in the twenty-first century. "New horizons" refers to these factors, and the innovations that institutions and educators must develop in order to deal with them.

This special issue reviews the current research and literature in international education and related fields reflecting these new horizons. The pieces you will find in this issue range from new insights into student identity, to pedagogy and conceptual foundations of engaged learning, to the more far-reaching institutional and technological transformations of global higher education.

More from the editors

Internationalization and Higher Education

Academic Migration, Realities, and Challenges

  • Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific, edited by Colina Mason and Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei

Challenging Existing Paradigms: Critiques of Internationalization

  • The International Imperative in Higher Education, by Philip G. Altbach
  • Critical Perspectives on International Education, edited by Yvonne Hébert and Ali A. Abdi
  • "Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Engagement of Higher Education," by Patti McGill Peterson and Robin Matross Helms

Culture at the Core

  • Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures, by Steven T. Duke

Recent Perspectives on Global Education and Global Mobility

  • Undergraduate Global Education: Issues for Faculty, Staff and Students, edited by Ann Highum
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility, edited by Bernhard Streitwieser 
International and Comparative Education

Exploring the Relationship Between Education and Masculinities

  • Education and Masculinity: Social, Cultural, and Global Transformation, by Chris Haywood and Mairtin Mac an Ghaill

Perils of Voluntourism

  • International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflections on Good Works in Central America, by Katherine Borland and Abigail E. Adams
Critiques and Reform of Higher Education

The Purpose of Higher Education and Study Abroad

  • Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates, by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
  • American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, by Goldie Blumenstyk
  • Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Purpose and Practice of Higher Education, by Robert J. Thompson Jr. 
Intercultural Communication and Language Education

A Little Slice of Americana

  • Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our Own Worst Enemy

  • Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, by Martha Bayles

Second Language Identities in Narratives of Study Abroad

  • Second Language Identity in Narratives of Study Abroad, by Phil Benson, Gary Barkhuizen, Peter Bodycott, and Jill Brown
International Education and Student Affairs

Bridging the Divide

  • Engaged Learning in the Academy: Challenges and Possibilities, by David Thornton Moore

Graduates with a Global Identity

  • Developing the Global Student: Higher Education in an Era of Globalization, by David Killick