Chasing the Dream
- Paperback / softback, 168 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
- 28 Feb 2011
- Trentham Books Ltd
Feng Su is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University, UK. His main research interests and writings are located within cross-cultural learning contexts and the development of the learner within higher education settings; the use of qualitative methodologies in educational research; and the development of higher education policy and its impact on student experience and academic practice.
Senior Lecturer in Education
Liverpool Hope University
CONTENTS: Foreword; 1. Learning journeys: origins and destinations; 2: An undergraduate student in Liverpool: a woman’s struggle; 3: A doctorial student in Manchester: becoming an independent learner; 4: A post-doctoral researcher in Hong Kong: ‘I am not who I used to be’; 5: A Shanghainese solicitor in London: ‘By endurance we conquer’; 6: A teacher of foreign language in Hong Kong: centrality of language; 7: An Uyghur linguist at an English university: intercultural encounters; 8: A Chinese lecturer in an English university: an unfinished journey; 9: A Chinese academic in a Welsh university: luck, reality, dream; 10: Epilogue – realising the dream
'... an inspirational book, which will encourage with a wealth of useful insights international students coming to higher education in the UK, and at the same time will alert their hosts to the need to be sensitive to the strangeness of the institutions, values, learning and teaching styles which international students encounter.'
'… these intimate accounts of wrenching homesickness, indomitable will to achieve, and sheer delight in the wonder of the world are interwoven with epochal changes that have moved China from famine in the late 1950s to the glaring disparities of 2010’s post-socialism. … Feng Su has produced a little gem of a book that quietly celebrates the choices we are capable of making when hard winds blow.'
'The life stories recounted in Feng Su’s book are epic journeys into the unknown. This inspiring volume shows the tenacity of these outstanding individuals, as they dig deep into their reserves of cultural and linguistic courage to pursue their dreams in the face of daunting challenges.'
'We follow richly diverse narratives of schooldays in China, the huge challenges of studying in English in British universities, the making of new friends, and the taking of community jobs, all of which transform the learner and engage the reader.'