The process of internationalization of the nursing and midwifery curriculum: A qualitative study Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Background

    There is an abundance of literature on internationalization of curricula. However, research on how a curriculum is internationalized to accommodate non-mobile students studying in their home countries is limited.

    Objective

    To describe the process undertaken by curriculum developers in internationalizing the Brunei nursing and midwifery curriculum through curriculum design.

    Design

    A descriptive qualitative research design.

    Setting

    A nursing and midwifery higher education institution in Brunei.

    Participants

    Seventeen nurse/midwife academics.

    Methods

    Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 curriculum developers. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.

    Results

    Four themes emerged: expectations of an internationalized curriculum; formation of a committee; benchmarking and setting standards; and designing the curriculum for internationalization.

    Conclusions

    This study has implications for the development of an internationally-oriented curriculum that takes into account the cultural context of a specific country. The findings highlight the need to involve students in curriculum design, a practice that is not common in Brunei.

publication date

  • 2016