January 22, 2021

Literature review Effects of studying in a different environment

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Literature review
Effects of studying in a different environment
Shifting environment is has many disruptive effects. People who shift to different environments need to take some time to settle in the new environments. If the process of shifting is repeated, much more time is taken in the repeated process of settling in. The process of settling is long and involves familiarization with the new culture, making new friends among others. On the other hand, traveling and settling in different environments is associated with gaining new experiences. The process of moving in a different place or a country makes one to learn a new culture as well as new ways of doing things. The whole process has different effects depending on the individual. For growing teenagers and young adults, it may make one to shift careers as the new experiences may change personal preferences. Even when the person does not change a career as a result of new experiences, the experiences may affect how one pursues the career of choice and the whole process of learning.
Many researchers have carried out research into this subject with an aim of finding out; trying to quantify or describe the effects of new environments on the learning as well as the influence it may have on how people pursue the career of their choice. This is as a result of the increase in the number of people shifting countries in the course of their study, which has been caused globalization: regional and international boundaries are continuously getting dissolved. This paper will look into the effects of studying in different environments, for instance a student who shifts to the US, to a student who aspires to become a physician in future.
Grivett (2009) describes the process by which a person becomes a physician in her book that details what teens and youths willing to pursue this career have to do. The author describes the whole process of education, training, internship programs as well as certification procedures required for one to become a physician. The author is keen to note that although the whole practice is rather the same in terms of training and practical experienced required, the quality of services delivered to the patients by physicians varies depending on the environment. The author notes that despite the same quality of training offered to physicians all over the US, the quality of care vary from one state to the other depending on the culture of the residents among other factors. Similarly the quality of training for physicians in the US, the EU and Japan may be similar but services delivered by such professions depend on issues such as the government policy; legal environment, the culture of the local communities, the economic conditions among others. The author highlights all these factors with an aim of showing that the environment in which one is schooled and later trained to perform various roles become pivotal to how such people discharge them (Grivett 27).
Shifting from one country to the US offers a unique experience to the person shifting. The multiplicity of cultures of the place of origin and those in the US offers a remarkable opportunity for one to learn. Such a person will have a wider knowledge base than a person who grew in only one environment. More importantly, the author notes that studying in the US offers one an opportunity to be in a highly developed industry where cutting edge technological innovations are continuously augmented. The cultural and societal aspects are also highly developed which makes the learning and the training experience richer. At the same time, challenges of inequality as well as affordability of American healthcare offers a person training in this field lessons to learn from (Grivett 51).
Every person training to be a physician should always aspire to be the best (Richards, Roger & Larry 43). The authors above note that the critical nature of physicians’ job requires one to be the best. Dealing with people’s lives necessitates that physician make the right decisions in splits of seconds. Right decisions in such moments may save lives while the wrong ones may lead to loss of lives. For this reason, a physician who is not updated with the finest details may make the wrong choices leading to loss of life or deterioration of the patient’s condition. At the same time, the authors note that each physician need to continuously refine his/ her skills to much current trends as their field is continuously changing in; what was the write procedure for reacting to a given ailment may change over time. Diseases are continuously developing resistance to various medications while pharmaceutical companies sponsor continuous research and experiments to obtain new medication. It becomes the responsibility of physicians to continuously learn and adapt to such changes. Authors highlighted that this alertness and responsiveness is easily cultivated in people who experienced changing environments while growing up. Such people have a marked ability to respond very first to situations. When teens and young adults are introduced to new environments; for instance new schools or countries, the process of coping with the new environment primes their brain to change more easily in the future. People who changed their environment severally while they were young are in a better position to change responsively to various trends in physicians’ environment and hence offer better care (Richards, Roger & Larry 47).
Koterski (2001) describes the whole process of life and learning. He describes the correlation between the brain development and learning. According to the author, the whole process of learning stimulates the brain leading to more development. However, the author asserts that there is no clear way of measuring the effects of each learning experience to the brain. The process of changing the learning environment may provide a combination of factors that may affect mental development in both ways. One way in which this may happen is that if the change is to an ‘exciting’ environment depending on an individual, the new experiences in this environment stimulate the brain more which leads to more brain development (Koterski 15). On the other hand, if the person who have been transferred to the new environment thinks that the new environment is ‘boring’, his/her brain stimulation may be lower which may reduce the rate of mental development (Koterski 16). According to this author, the act of moving a student from a school in one country to one in another may have mixed results. However, such a student may be counseled to develop a good attitude towards the new environment, which makes the brain more receptive. Studying in different environments through changing schools or countries yield remarkably good results if a person chose to have a good attitude throughout the whole process. Having a good attitude makes the brain more receptive and hence the person learns more. In addition, such a person can have his/her brain stimulated more due exposure to new things and new ideas which my favor the process of learning (Koterski 62).
Royal College of Physicians of London trains physicians and is also involved in certification process for these specialists. According to Royal College of Physicians of London (2001), the process of training physicians involves massive changes in environment due to various units and practical exercises required. Consequently, the whole process of varying environment keeps the brain active throughout the processes of transfers. The process of varying learning environments pupils or students is very crucial for learning as the brain is kept active due to new experiences in each environment. As a result, a person who has studied in many countries and been to many schools is likely to have hard a more stimulated and hence a well-developed brain. Additionally, such a person is more likely to have had more experiences which he/she can use as bases of making a decision or drawing a conclusion in while practicing in his/her career. Therefore, a person who changed his/her learning environment severally may become a better physician. Additionally, Royal College of Physicians of London (2001) found out that varying a student’s environment during the process of learning was an effective way to neutralize the effects of culture on such people. Many children and teens take their culture as the truth about life and may not want to deviate from the same in any circumstances. Whoever, when they travel and see people with different cultures, they get the opportunity to evaluate their and realize that what matters are the important aspects of the culture while the rest can be ignored (Royal College of Physicians of London 28).
Townsend & Richard authored a handbook for assisting teacher to discharge their mandate well with various trends observed in the 21st century. Townsend & Richard (2007) observed that factors such as globalization brought a consistent change in the learning environments. Additionally, collapsing of the regionally and international boundaries occasioned a situation where every person can get opportunities from any country showing prospects for the same. In a class setting with a significant number of immigrants, teachers have to maintain professionalism and ensure that no person is offended. At the same time, the teacher has a mandate to cultivate a learning environment suitable for learning for all. Some teachers find it hard to maintain their professionalism when there are many immigrants in their classes and may show some aspects of racial or other forms of segregation against the perceived ‘foreigners’. The authors note that the teachers should make the learning environment to be very welcoming for any student who gets enrolled in a given school regardless of whether such a person is a native or an immigrant. With the current level of global integration, more and more international students or even immigrants should be expected as people move to countries perceived to offer their preferred opportunities. The environment in which search people find themselves in becomes very crucial. The authors note that it is advantageous for students to learn in different environment as they stand to learn and experience more.
Additionally, the US environment is characterized by more development and the education system is equally developed. The quality of education received in various institutions of learning is superior to many other systems. Consequently, a person studying to become a physician in the US has a better chance of achieving this. The university systems in the US is among the best in the world which means the country is among the best place for one to study in (Townsend & Richard 76). However, despite the various advantages that accrue from studying in different environments as well as the advantages of studying in the US, it is dependent on the learner to make more out of the system. Additionally, the many useful experiences that such a person may gain through studying in different environments may only be useful is the person is willing to take advantage of them. The person learning in different environments should take an initiative to learn from every environment. Furthermore, teachers and other people in the learning environment should ensure that the environment is bearable and welcoming to new people and especially immigrants so that such people can have a good time studying in search environments (Townsend & Richard 81).
There are several consequences of studying in different environments either through moving to another school or country altogether. Although changing environment may seem as a good idea due to various new aspects that are learned in the process, the experiences of a new person in any environment is influenced to a significant extent by the host population and the new environment. Many immigrants in the US may be treated differently depending on factors such as their country of origin, their race among others. This is according to Daniels, Sandra, Harry & Leonard (1991). Immigrants from places such as the UK, japan, the EU, Africa, Mexico and other countries may be received differently with those from the UK being viewed as fellow Americans, those from japan and EU may also receive better treatment compared to the rest in this list (Daniels, Sandra, Harry & Leonard 111). Similarly, studying in different environments elicit some feelings from the host which could be positive or negative. These reactions by the hosts may determine how one performs in school. The author made this observation through observing the process of integration of Japanese immigrants to the US. However, the American culture is described to be receptive in general terms especially in the late twentieth to twenty-first century. Additionally, studying in various areas of the US or shifting from the country of origin to the US for study may not be associated with many negative experiences as it could have been centuries ago (Daniels, Sandra, Harry & Leonard 132). Immigrants or other people changing their studying environments should maintain a positive attitude as they integrate themselves in the American culture. The US culture and environment can provide an atmosphere where every person has a better chance of pursuing their goals. For this reason, a person wishing and studying to become a physician has the ability to do so and become a good physician (Daniels, Sandra, Harry & Leonard 132).
Synthesis and analysis
Studying in a different environment has very many effects. As seen above, some of them include meeting new people who might have different attitudes towards a new person as well as having to familiarize with aspects such as weather conditions, new culture, and new routines among others. Such factors have a marked effect to a new person. However, in each of these challenges, the new person should try and maintain a positive attitude. Shifting to a new environment and studying in the same has very many advantages. One of them is that it reduces boredom and introduces other aspects that strike the brain making it more receptive to information and hence easier learning. Studying in a different environment especially for a person aspiring to become a physician has many advantages. One of them is that the new learning environment in the US may make the brain more receptive –as a new environment breaks monotony- which will enhance learning. Additionally, the person studying in a new environment meets new people with new cultures which will widen perspective of the new person. The new person will also have two cultures to borrow from – the culture of the place of origin and the culture in the US.
Despite these general aspects, the education system in the US is among the best in the world in terms of being inclusive, the depth and breadth of content as well as being responsive to current developments and emergent issues in every profession. Consequently, a person studying in this system will reap all these benefits. A student aspiring to be a physician in the US has a better chance to achieve this due to factors described above. However, such a person needs to maintain a positive attitude and integrate well in the new culture so he can leave smoothly. As seen above, the education and training environment in the US can offer an environment where one can be a good physician.

Work Cited

Grivett, Beth. So You Want to Be a Physician Assistant: Your Guide to a New Career. La Vergne, TN: Lightning Source, 2009. Print.
Richards, Peter, Roger Bannister, and Larry. Learning Medicine: How to Become and Remain a Good Doctor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Internet resource.
Koterski, Joseph W. Life and Learning Xvi: Proceedings of the Sixteenth University Faculty for Life Conference at Villanova University, 2006. Washington, D.C: University Faculty for Life, 2007. Print.
Royal College of Physicians of London. (2001). Training to be a physician: A handbook of the Royal College of Physicians of London. London: Royal College of Physicians.
Townsend, Tony, and Richard J. Bates. Handbook of Teacher Education: Globalization, Standards and Professionalism in Times of Change. Dordrecht: Springer, 2007. Print.
Daniels, Roger, Sandra C. Taylor, Harry H. L. Kitano, and Leonard J. Arrington. Japanese Americans, from Relocation to Redress. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991. Print.

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