ERIC Number: EJ1115148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Identity Formation in a Multicultural University Residential Hall: An Ethnographic Narrative Inquiry of a Local--Non-Local "Hybrid"
Yung, Kevin Wai-Ho
Language and Intercultural Communication, v16 n4 p519-534 2016
Internationalisation has recently become one of the major developmental goals within many institutions of higher education, where the use of languages on campus plays an important role. While research focusing on the use of English in higher education is growing, little attention has been paid to out-of-class contexts. This paper reports on the identity formation of an undergraduate who lived in a multicultural residential hall on an English-medium campus in Hong Kong through ethnographic narrative inquiry. The combination of ethnographic observations and informal talks with the participant in the research field for a two-year period, the participant's Facebook posts and photographs as records of his hall life and three intensive face-to-face interviews generated rich data for the inquiry. The participant was described as a local-non-local "hybrid" because of his dual identity of being both local and non-local. Drawing on Wenger's framework of social theory of identity formation, this paper revealed the challenges of internationalisation in higher education through the perspective of the "hybrid" with both local and non-local identities. An important implication arising from the study is the need to take a closer look at cultural integration and internationalisation in out-of-class contexts.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interviews, Self Concept, Foreign Countries, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Theories, Cultural Influences, Photography, Undergraduate Students, Sino Tibetan Languages, Dormitories, Code Switching (Language), Foreign Students, International Education, Ethnography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong