MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY IN MASTER CLASSROOM: AN INCREASING CHALLENGE FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION IN VALENCIAN UNIVERSITIES

Samuel Carda-Broch, Josep Esteve-Romero, Juan Peris-Vicente, Jaume Albiol-Chiva, Mar Esteve-Amorós, María José Ruiz-Ángel, María Teresa Doménech-Carbó, Dolores Yusá-Marco
2018 INTED2018 Proceedings   unpublished
Currently, many foreign students study a Master degree at the Valencian Universities. We can find students, which have immigrated to Spain in the recent years, and then have partially or fully follow the Spanish curricula (High School and/or Grade), and others which have come specifically to study the Master, attracted by the reputation of the Universities and the job and way-of-life offered by the country, and then have achieved their Grade in their countries. This has increased the diversity
more » ... f the students in the classrooms, related to the ethnic origin, mother language, study practices, background and integration in the society. The present work gives an overview on how students and teacher manage the heterogeneity and diversity in a Master classroom related to chemistry. The term "diversity" is first detailed prior to discussing explicit studies. Different aspects of diversity are stated. The personal experience of the foreign students to adapt to the Spanish courses and environment was investigated. The actions taken by the lecturer to take advantage of diversity and minimize its negative effects were examined. A comparison between the academic results obtained by international and national students is given. Finally, the attention will be focused on language, study practices and background, since these dimensions are frequently discussed in the Valencian context. The implications and opportunities that offer diversity for national but also for international science research are presented.
doi:10.21125/inted.2018.0543 fatcat:qmjy4wsatjdrzc7wlcplkjgfie